WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue July 29, 2014
Grand Jury Indicts Madisonville Lawmaker on Alleged Campaign Finance Violations
State Representative Ben Waide was indicted Tuesday by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly violating campaign finance laws.
According to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, the grand jury returned a two-count felony indictment against Waide, who is a Republican from Hopkins County. The charges relate to his 2010 campaign for state representative.
The investigation began when a complaint was filed in January with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation, PSC. Waide is accused of illegally accepting about $10,000 in campaign contributions from Liberty, a Madisonville company where he was a partner. He also alleged submitted some $6,000 in receipts to his campaign fund for reimbursement of expenses he did not incur.
Waide is scheduled for arraignment August 29 Franklin Circuit Court. His attorney, so far, has not returned a call for comment.