A former Montgomery County jailer has admitted that he misappropriated almost $67,000 from the county government while in office.
Everett Dewayne Myers, 51, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Lexington Friday to a charge of theft from a county agency that receives federal money.
The Montgomery jail received more than $10,000 in federal funding from 2007 to 2008, officials said.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Myers admitted that he operated a kickback scheme with jail vendors. Officials said the vendors created invoices for exaggerated or bogus services at Myers' direction. Myers then paid off the bogus invoices with jail funds, and received kickbacks from the vendors, federal authorities said.
Myers admitted in a plea agreement that he misappropriated $66,989 over the course of several years, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
State Auditor Crit Luallen notified the FBI and the Kentucky attorney general's office in April 2011 that an audit by her office showed that up to $60,000 in drug-test fees collected by the Montgomery County Jail could not be accounted for.
The audit covered the fiscal year from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, when Myers was the jailer. Myers lost a re-election bid later in 2010. He won contests for jailer when he placed first in the Democratic primaries in 2002 and 2006.
Auditors found that money which Myers charged for doing drug tests on inmates and others was not deposited in the jail bank account or recorded on its financial statements. The audit also said Myers' gasoline use seemed excessive, noting that he bought enough gas to drive between 39,000 and 55,000 miles. The review also questioned his hiring of his mother as a jail employee in apparent violation of county rules against nepotism.
Myers is scheduled for sentencing in federal court in June. He could face a maximum of 10 years in prison.