Richie Farmer accused of ethics violations


Richie Farmer, the University of Kentucky Basketball player, Clay County High School star and the former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner has been accused of 42 ethics violations.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission filed them against former Farmer. The Big Blue Nation weighed in on the news.

"It's kind of disappointing being a UK fan. It'll all come out in time. I really can't see Richie in all these allegations. But you don't know," said Michael Bargo, a UK basketball fan.

The allegations include placing friends in jobs without actual duties to run his errands, having employees take him to doctors' appointments and shopping trips, and building him a basketball court on his property.

"I got to meet him and I just don't think he would do it," said Mark Bowling, a UK basketball fan.

Farmer's highschool coach, Bobby Keith, says that the charges filed against Farmer are unfair.

He was a probably the chief contender they had for one of the offices in the future and I felt like they probably wanted to get rid of Richie. And they started an investigation, found a few things wrong, nothing major and I think they've accomplished their purpose," Keith said.

Farmer faces a $5,000 fine for each of the 42 counts. That could total $210,000.

Seven other employees who worked with farmer face ethics charges, including his sister.


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