The federal government moved Monday to dismiss a bribery charge against the former head of the state Personnel Cabinet but plans to file an alternate charge instead, according to a motion.
That might mean Tim Longmeyer plans to plead guilty.
The motion from Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Boone requested to dismiss the criminal complaint filed against Longmeyer on March 25.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Wier quickly granted the motion, dismissing the complaint against Longmeyer.
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That complaint charged Longmeyer with taking more than $200,000 in kickbacks to steer business to a consulting company and passing on some of it in illegal contributions to political candidates.
Boone said in the motion that the government instead would file what is called an information based on criminal conduct described in the original complaint.
An information is a mechanism for prosecutors to charge someone without seeking a grand jury indictment.
Prosecutors often use an information to file a charge as part of a guilty plea.
One of Longmeyer’s attorneys, Brian Butler, did not respond to a request for comment.
Longmeyer is scheduled for a hearing Wednesday.
He headed the Personnel Cabinet during the administration of former Gov. Steve Beshear. Longmeyer resigned in September but later was named deputy attorney general by Beshear’s son Andy Beshear, who won election as state attorney general in November.
Longmeyer resigned that post days before he was charged with bribery.