Ethics panel fines 4 people for violations

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has reached settlements with four current and former state employees who agreed to pay fines.

Danita Fentress-Laird, a former Kentucky Department of Agriculture director, agreed Monday to pay a $1,500 fine after acknowledging that she used her position to influence superiors to create an hourly position that she arranged to have herself assigned to.

The ethics commission also fined former state park business manager Robert Habig $500 for using his position to rent for boats at lower rates on Lake Cumberland.

Former conservation officer Bradley Lowe agreed to pay a $2,500 fine for using his position to order drinks at a bar for his teenage daughter.

Grayson County Property Valuation Administrator Roger Tomes agreed to a $1,000 fine for violating nepotism rules.

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