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9:02 am
Sun March 23, 2014

Former State Official Assessed Ethics Fine

A former state representative and member of Gov. Steve Beshear's cabinet has agreed to pay a $5,000 ethics-related fine.

Charles Geveden Sr.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

Charles Geveden Sr. acknowledged he used his influence as deputy secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet to access private telephone numbers for state workers, according to a settlement agreement. Geveden acknowledged he called those workers and told them a specific dollar amount they had to donate to Beshear's 2011 campaign.

The Executive Branch Ethics Commission filed civil charges against Geveden in January 2013. The case was scheduled for a public hearing before Geveden's attorney began negotiating a settlement, according to John Steffen, the commission's executive director.

Last year, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway declined to prosecute Geveden on criminal charges.