Judge-executive Joseph L. "Jody" Jenkins, 44, was found dead early Sunday morning at his residence.
Stephen Shouse, the Union County coroner, told The Gleaner that Jenkins was found dead in his home Sunday morning at approximately 5:30 a.m.
Shouse said a cause of death hasn't been determined yet, and an autopsy will be performed at 9 a.m. Monday in Madisonville at the state's regional medical examiner's office.
Jenkins has been under investigation for a variety of allegations in recent months. Much of the case centers on accusations of purchasing stolen vehicles and equipment with public money.
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More specifically Jenkins, who was under investigation by the FBI and was being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office, was accused of taking a $20,000 kickback while in his official capacity as county judge.
In September of 2017, he pleaded not guilty to federal charges of taking kickbacks and defrauding Union County citizens.
He was not jailed while awaiting trial but was under orders to notify authorities of any travel plans.
The federal indictment wasn't Jenkins only issue while in office.
In the spring of 2017, the Kentucky Auditor's office released an 82-page report criticizing Union County Fiscal Court and various local officials there for failing to properly oversee financial matters for everything from daily purchases and payroll to jail funds and federal programs.
Jenkins had been Union County judge-executive since 2007.