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Richie Farmer abused political role

Updated: January 14, 2014, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Former Kentucky star Richie Farmer was sentenced Tuesday to more than two years in prison for abusing his power as the state's agriculture commissioner.

Farmer hired friends and had them do little to no work and also had state employees run errands, including having them build a basketball court at his home, prosecutors said.

He was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $120,500 in restitution.

Farmer was a shooting guard on ...

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