A Laurel County grand jury indicted the former Laurel emergency management director Friday on a charge of abusing the public trust when he allegedly bought a handgun with public money.
Brian K. Reams allegedly bought a handgun and a holster for his personal use in November 2005, using Laurel County Public Safety funds, according to a Laurel Circuit Court indictment.
Reams was fired in 2009.
Laurel Commonwealth's Attorney Jackie Steele said Monday the charge was not associated with the findings of two audits by State Auditor Crit Luallen's office that raised questions about spending in Reams's office when he was the director of the Chemical Emergency Stockpile Preparedness Program.
An audit released in 2009 said Reams gave his business partner — who later became his wife — a contract for more than $500,000 worth of emergency equipment, raising questions about the deal's propriety.
The equipment was purchased as part of a $1.8 million grant that Reams was handling for 10 Kentucky counties.
The federal money came through the state as part of the Chemical Emergency Stockpile Preparedness Program, which awards money for counties near the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond. The depot stores hazardous chemical weapons.
In a second audit released in March, state auditors raised questions about nearly $30,000 reimbursed to Laurel County by the federal government.
Luallen referred the findings of the audits to the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state Attorney General's Office, said Terry Sebastian, a spokesman for her office.
Reams could not immediately be reached for comment.