State audit of Morgan Fiscal Court finds ‘abuse of power’

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — A state audit has concluded that hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal disaster aid are unaccounted for in Morgan County.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader ( ), outgoing state Auditor Adam Edelen’s report, released Monday, found evidence of “waste, fraud and abuse” in the aftermath of a 2012 tornado that devastated West Liberty.

The audit accuses former Judge-Executive Tim Conley of abusing his power and the Fiscal Court to create a situation in which there was minimal oversight.

Conley, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to mail fraud in a scheme in which he took $130,000 in kickbacks from a contractor, declared a state of emergency in Morgan County after the March 2012 tornado.

The audit found the possibility of abuse was so high it couldn’t rely on the county’s financial records.


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