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Panel accuses ex-tourism commissioner of misusing funds

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Executive Branch Ethics Commission is
alleging that former Tourism Commissioner Mike Cooper misused state
resources for his own financial gain.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/KHR8as ) reports that
the ethics panel also alleged Monday that Cooper failed to follow
personnel rules for travel expenses, charged personal items to a
state-issued credit card and conducted personal business while on
approved state travel.
Cooper resigned in February after the newspaper obtained
documents indicating Cooper allowed a state contractor to pay $735
for meals, party tickets and other expenses in June 2011 during an
unauthorized trip to London, England.
The charges released Monday are based on an initial
investigation that was begun in December.
Cooper could not be reached for comment. He has 20 days to
respond to the charges.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

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