The former secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet has been charged with accepting bribes to hire a consulting firm for the state’s employee health plan, which the cabinet administers.
A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington alleges Tim Longmeyer, who was until this week the state’s deputy attorney general, took more than $200,000 to persuade administrators of the state health plan — Humana and Anthem — to hire a consulting firm for public relations and focus group work.
The FBI also alleges he used his official position to steer work to a consulting firm in exchange for cash payments and contributions to political campaigns.
“A representative of the firm personally delivered the cash and conduit campaign contributions to Mr. Longmeyer,” U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey said in a press conference Friday.
Harvey refused to say which campaigns received contributions.
“We have no reason to believe that the candidates whose campaigns received the tainted funds were aware of the scheme or the illegal sources of the funds contributed to their campaigns,” he said.
The complaint alleges that the consulting firm was paid more than $2 million by Humana and Anthem.