Carol Brown Hubbard, the ex-wife of former U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard of Paducah who pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor arising from her own run for Congress in 1992, died Saturday at University Hospital in Louisville.
She was 75.
Carol Hubbard was a longtime teacher, but she lost her teaching certificate in 1997 because of the federal conviction. She pleaded guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting the theft of government property. Specifically, congressional employees were used as workers in her campaign. They used aliases or claimed to be on vacation to disguise the fact they were on the public payroll, according to the charges.
Prosecutors said the scheme to use government employees as campaign workers was concocted by Carroll Hubbard, who represented Western Kentucky's 1st District. Mrs. Hubbard, a Whitesburg native who was Miss Kentucky in 1959, was running in Eastern Kentucky's 5th District.
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Both were defeated in the 1992 Democratic primary election and resettled in Elizabethtown. Carroll Hubbard later was sentenced to three years in federal prison. Mrs. Hubbard was fined $27,000 and put on five years' probation.
The Hubbards were married in 1984. She filed for divorce in 1998.
Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is handling arrangements.