BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KT) – Union County Judge-Executive Joseph “Jody” Jenkins has been indicted by a federal grand jury accusing him of a role in a bribery scheme.
The four-count indictment charges Jenkins with scheming to defraud the citizens of Union County of their right to honest services, said John E. Kuhn, Jr., U. S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.
Jenkins is accused of using is official position to “enrich himself by soliciting and accepting gifts, payments and other things of value from a person identified as J. H., in exchange for favorable official action and for J. H. to enrich himself by secretly obtaining favorable official action for himself and his clients through corrupt means.”
The indictment reads that between March and July 2014 Jenkins solicited and accepted cash payments of about $20,000 from a person identified as “J. H.”, in exchange for the purchase of heavy equipment at below market value, paid for by Union County Fiscal Court with taxpayer funds.
They also allege Jenkins directed that J. H. submit fraudulent invoices in amounts under $20,000 for payment by fiscal court for the equipment.
If convicted, Jenkins could be sentenced to no less than 20 years in prison for each count, fined $1 million and serve a three-year period of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from Evansville, Ind., police.
No court date has been set for Jenkins.