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Union County Judge-Executive Charged with Fraud
By West Kentucky Star Staff
BOWLING GREEN, KY - A Union County public official has been indicted in federal court on fraud charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Bowling Green says Union County Judge-Executive Joseph Jenkins is charged with scheming to defraud the citizens of Union County of their right to honest services. Jenkins is accused of using his official position to enrich himself by soliciting and accepting gifts, payments, and other items in exchange for favors.

According to the indictment, between March and July 2014, Jenkins solicited and accepted cash payments of around $20,000 from someone referred to as J.H. in return for the purchase of heavy equipment at below market value, to be paid for by the Union County Fiscal Court with taxpayer funds. Jenkins also allegedly asked for false and fraudulent invoices to be submitted for payment by the Union County Fiscal Court for the purchase of the equipment.

If convicted at trial, Jenkins could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for each count, fined $1,000,000 and serve a three-year period of supervised release.

Published 04:42 PM, Wednesday Sep. 13, 2017
Updated 11:01 AM, Thursday Sep. 14, 2017

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