Richie Farmer http://wfpl.org en State Auction of Richie Farmer's Guns and Knives Raises $21,500 http://wfpl.org/post/state-auction-richie-farmers-guns-and-knives-raises-21500 <p>FRANKFORT — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources raised more than $21,500 for charity on Monday by auctioning off the 29 guns and knives that lead to the imprisonment of former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer.</p><p>Farmer used state money to purchase the items as gifts at a 2008 conference when he was agriculture commissioner. But he kept many of the items for himself. Farmer is now serving a 27 month sentence in federal prison on government corruption charges.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 18:46:02 +0000 Associated Press 9274 at http://wfpl.org State Auction of Richie Farmer's Guns and Knives Raises $21,500 Richie Farmer's Path From Kentucky Wildcats Star to Politics to Prison http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmers-path-kentucky-wildcats-star-politics-prison <p>As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA&nbsp; basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.</p><p>Richie Farmer is scheduled to begin serving a 27-month sentence Tuesday at a <a href="http://www.bop.gov/locations/institutions/haz/">facility in West Virginia</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges related to his two terms in that office.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 8963 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer's Path From Kentucky Wildcats Star to Politics to Prison Richie Farmer Gets Delay in Start of Prison Term to Attend Son's Tournament http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmer-gets-delay-start-prison-term-attend-sons-tournament <p><strong>Update: Judge OKs&nbsp;Delay</strong></p><p>Richie Farmer, the former Kentucky Wildcats star and state agriculture commissioner, has gotten the OK from a federal judge to delay reporting to federal prison. Farmer asked for the delay so he can see his son play in the Kentucky &nbsp;boy's high school basketball tournament.</p><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>A federal judge has delayed former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer's report date to a federal prison by a week.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 21:11:07 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 8875 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer Gets Delay in Start of Prison Term to Attend Son's Tournament Former Kentucky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months http://wfpl.org/post/former-kentucky-ag-commissioner-richie-farmer-sentenced-27-months <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer has been sentenced to 27 months in prison.</p><p>Farmer previously plead guilty to corruption charges for misappropriating government resources while in office. The sentence also requires Farmer to pay over $120,000 in restitution&nbsp;for abusing his power.</p><p>Farmer’s attorney Guthrie True says he's disappointed in the ruling. He'd sought to have Farmer serve only 21 months.</p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8240 at http://wfpl.org Former Kentucky Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer Sentenced to 27 Months Richie Farmer to be Sentenced This Week in Corruption Case http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmer-be-sentenced-week-corruption-case <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer will find out this week how much time he’ll have to spend in prison for misappropriating government resources while in office.</p><p>Farmer pleaded guilty to two corruption-related counts in September and could spend about two years behind bars.</p><p>Federal prosecutors say that, among other things, Farmer used agriculture department employees to peform personal tasks and put friends on the department payroll who did little or no work.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 8204 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer to be Sentenced This Week in Corruption Case Richie Farmer to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmer-plead-guilty-corruption-case <p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and UK basketball star Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.</p><p>Defense attorney Guthrie True filed a motion for a change of plea this morning, &nbsp;signaling that he has reached agreements to resolve all pending and potential criminal and ethics charges. If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 14:55:38 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 6723 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial http://wfpl.org/post/prosecutor-opposes-request-seven-month-delay-richie-farmer-trial <p></p><p>A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by Richie Farmer’s attorney that the former agriculture commissioner’s criminal trial be delayed until February.</p><p>Farmer’s trial on charges of misappropriating government resources was originally set for July, but his attorney, Guthrie True, wants to move it until early next year, saying he needs more time to prepare.</p><p>But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief this week asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall,&nbsp; saying a delay until February would be excessive.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:09:15 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5346 at http://wfpl.org Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial Richie Farmer Pleads Not Guilty in Initial Court Appearance http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmer-pleads-not-guilty-initial-court-appearance <p></p><p>Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has officially <a href="/post/richie-farmer-indicted-accused-misappropriating-state-funds">answered his indictment on five federal charges, pleading not guilty to all of them.</a></p><p>Farmer pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Thursday, where he was also informed of his rights.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:58:24 +0000 Kenny Colston 5146 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer Pleads Not Guilty in Initial Court Appearance Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-james-comer-indictment-richie-farmer-wont-affect-department <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal indictment of former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer won't become a problem for the Department of Agriculture, Farmer's successor said on Monday.</span></p><p>James Comer, who took over the office in 2011,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">and his office say they have helped with the multiple investigations of Farmer's tenure as agriculture commissioner—including those conducted by the state auditor, attorney general or others.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:17:35 +0000 Kenny Colston 5088 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner James Comer: Indictment of Richie Farmer Won't Affect Department Richie Farmer Indicted, Accused of Misappropriating State Funds http://wfpl.org/post/richie-farmer-indicted-accused-misappropriating-state-funds <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">LEXINGTON —&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Richie Farmer, the basketball star turned Kentucky politician, was indicted last week on charges stemming from his tenure as state agriculture commissioner.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:57:56 +0000 Brenna Angel | Kentucky Public Radio 5081 at http://wfpl.org Richie Farmer Indicted, Accused of Misappropriating State Funds