Attorney General Stumbo Announces Guilty Plea, Settlement In Election Contribution Investigation

In a news release from Attorney General Greg Stumbo:

FRANKFORT, KY (January 4, 2008) -- Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that his office has reached a landmark settlement in Franklin Circuit Court related to election fraud in illegal contributions to campaigns for Kentucky Governor.

According to the Agreed Order of Dismissal and Settlement, Phillip Dufour, an employee of Elmo Greer & Sons, LLC, entered a guilty plea to an Information charging him with violating Kentucky's elections laws, a Class D felony and has been ordered to pay the maximum fine, $10,000.

Additionally, Elmo Greer & Sons paid $250,000 and pledged to cooperate with the Attorney General's Office by naming all persons to whom monies were paid and identifying persons who solicited funds. Under the terms of the settlement, the company does not admit liability.

The Complaint alleged that between September 18, 2006 and August 27, 2007, Phillip Dufour, an employee of Elmo Greer & Sons, LLC, made payments to eight individuals, Amber Dufour, Hannah Moses, Lauren Eggers, Rita Jo Dufour, Verne Hibbits, Elaine Stott, Jason Brown and Beverly Phillips. The payments were used as contributions to the gubernatorial campaigns of Steve Henry, Anne Northup and former Governor
Ernie Fletcher.

The investigation resulted from an article in The Courier-Journal which identified suspect donations to candidates for governor.

"Protecting our political process is essential to freedom," said Stumbo. "With this criminal plea and significant fine, we have fired a shot across the bow of all who seek to taint elections with illegal contributions. I am pleased that one of my last official acts serves to safeguard one of Kentucky's most cherished rights, free and fair elections."

The case was investigated by Agent John Sparks with the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Scott Crawford-Sutherland with the Special Prosecutions Division.

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