Former state Ag Commissioner Richie Farmer has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that allege misuse of state property and more than $450,000 in funds during his eight years as state Agriculture Commissioner.The grand jury charged Farmer with four counts of misappropriating property and money, and one count of soliciting property to influence agriculture department business. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
In addition, federal authorities say they will attempt to make Farmer repay $450,000, the amount he allegedly took from the department between 2008 and 2011.
Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball player, will be arraigned April 30 in Lexington.
Just last month, the Executive Branch Ethics Commission charged Farmer with 42 administrative ethics violations for allegedly misusing government funds and employees while in office.