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Former Kentucky Judge Executive is Sentenced for Mail Fraud

On August 19, 2008, Raymond Smith, a former Kentucky Judge Executive was sentenced in U.S District Court, London, Kentucky to 30 months imprisonment, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay $110,000 in restitution for mail fraud and embezzlement. Between May 2003 and May 2006, Mr. Smith, as Judge Executive was responsible for the county’s fiscal management including assuring proper approval of the county’s expenses. During this time, he devised a scheme for his family businesses to fraudulently obtain government money through county contracts by awarding the contracts to family members rather than the entities listed on the original bids. Then, in an effort to hide the scheme from being detected, he made a false mailing to the Kentucky State Auditor’s Office. This case was worked jointly with the FBI with the assistance of the Kentucky State Auditor’s Office.