Last week, a Frankfort man was indicted for charges relating to a scheme to bribe an employee of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A federal grand jury in Lexington returned the indictment against 64-year-old James Sullivan. Sullivan has been charged with a single count of conspiring to bribe and three counts of payments to influence an employee of a federally funded program.
The indictment accuses Sullivan of agreeing to make payments to Timothy Longmeyer in hopes of influencing Longmeyer’s decisions while he served the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The indictment claims that Sullivan first offered bribes to Longmeyer in 2009. During this time, Sullivan was representing a company that held a contract to manage workers’ compensation claims filed by state employees.
The Personnel Cabinet was responsible for overseeing the program and this put Longmeyer in charge of the workers’ compensation contract. From 2009 to approximately June of 2015, Sullivan allegedly made multiple payments to Longmeyer. Sullivan is accused of making the payments hoping that Longmeyer would aid with awarding, extending or renewing the contract for Sullivan’s client.
The indictment claims that Sullivan made payments in the amounts of $5,000 and $4,000. Sullivan is accused of attempting to use his influence over Longmeyer to gain an advantage for several private attorneys that he represented. Longmeyer was supposedly asked to find opportunities for these attorneys to obtain contracts to handle civil litigation for the Attorney General’s Office.
Sullivan allegedly gave Longmeyer $1,000 in cash for his assistance. At this time, Longmeyer has not been accused of committing any criminal conduct during his employment with the Kentucky Attorney General. A date for Sullivan to appear in court has not yet been set. The defendant is innocent, until proven guilty in a court of law.