Former Montgomery County Jailer Everett Dewayne Myers has been sentenced to five months in prison for participating in a kickback scheme.
Myers, 51, also will be on home incarceration for five months after his prison sentence. He paid $66,989 at Friday's sentencing to make up for the money he stole, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.
U.S. District Judge Karl Forester sentenced Myers on Friday in Lexington. In March, he pleaded guilty to theft from a county agency.
Myers admitted that when he was jailer, he took part in a scheme in which vendors created invoices for services that either inflated the true cost of their services or were false.
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Myers paid the fraudulent charges with jail funds and then got back part of the money from the vendors.
The scheme occurred from July 2007 to July 2008.
Myers was elected jailer in 2002 and won another term in 2006. He lost a re-election bid in 2010.
In 2011, the state auditor's office notified authorities that tens of thousands of dollars couldn't be accounted for from the time Myers was jailer.
The audit identified other problems at the jail, including excessive gasoline use, poor control over purchases and the hiring of Myers' mother in violation of the county's anti-nepotism policy.
The audit also said the jail couldn't account for the purchase of six televisions.
State Attorney General Jack Conway's office investigated Myers, leading to the charge against him.
The case was prosecuted in federal court because Myers stole from a county agency that receives federal money.
Shelley Catherine Johnson, a spokeswoman for Conway, said the office has finished its investigation and no jail vendors were charged.