Friday, July 8, 2016

Grant County judge-exec faces criminal investigation

The thuggish Tea Party in northern Kentucky has had some real setbacks over the past 2 or 3 months - a Tea Party leader was even busted for selling drugs - and their losing streak resulting from their own corruption is continuing.

Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood - a Republican - is now facing a criminal investigation by the Kentucky State Police. The county refused to pay a jail officer, and Wood told him to keep quiet about it at a fiscal court meeting. Then the jail officer made an open records request and discovered the county's payroll records were full of discrepancies. Some of the time cards were even dated a year in advance.

The case was taken to a grand jury, and then a prosecutor and state police joined the investigation.

Republican hacks who serve in the judge-executive's office are the subject of some of these discrepancies. Apparently they were paid for work when they took vacation days that were supposed to be unpaid.

Meanwhile, the case has been taken up by the state police's white-collar crime unit.

In less than 2 years, Tea Party public officials in Grant County have nearly bankrupted the county and ruined jail operations.