Farmer's Sister to Pay $6K Fine for Ethics Abuses

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The Executive Branch Ethics Commission has imposed a $6,000 fine against Rhonda Monroe, the former assistant executive director of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

That fine and an accompanying public reprimand were part of a settlement agreement with Monroe, the sister of former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.

Members of the ethics panel approved the settlement on Monday. Under the agreement, Monroe admitted helping Farmer get improper reimbursements from a campaign account personal use. Those violations date back to Farmer's 2007 campaign for re-election as agriculture commissioner.

The ethics panel also approved a settlement agreement to resolve unspecified ethics charges against Farmer on Monday. The panel hasn't yet released details of that agreement.

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