Crime

Woman gets probation, must pay restitution in Laurel bid-rigging case

A woman who pleaded guilty to conspiring with Laurel County's former emergency director to rig a bid involving federal money has been sentenced to three years on probation.

Melony Reams will be on home detention for six months of that time and must pay $212,000 in restitution, according to U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey's office.

Reams admitted fraudulently getting a contract to supply equipment to several counties to help them prepare for a possible leak from the chemical-weapons stockpile at the Bluegrass Army Depot.

Reams said she conspired with Laurel County's emergency director.

Her plea agreement identified that person only as B.R. Brian Reams was the director during the period outlined in Melody Reams' plea, and the two were dating or married during that time.

Brian Reams was fired after auditors raised questions about the contract.

There are no charges listed against Brian Reams in court documents.

U.S. District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove sentenced Melody Reams on Wednesday.

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