Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Couple sentenced in Morgan kickback scheme

AP--A couple who pleaded guilty in a kickback scheme involving the top executive in an eastern Kentucky county that had to rebuild from a deadly 2012 tornado have been sentenced to home detention.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove in Frankfort on Tuesday sentenced 73-year-old Kenneth Lee Gambill to nine months of home detention and 57-year-old Ruth Gambill to four months of home detention with two years' probation for each.

The Gambills had a construction company and were involved in a scheme with Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley to make sure the Gambills won contracts to build bridges in the county.

The Gambills pleaded guilty in July to conspiring to launder proceeds of the kickback scheme.

Conley pleaded guilty to fraud in August and is to be sentenced next month