TOMPKINSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR HIS PART IN VOTE-BUYING SCHEME; CONSPIRACY INCLUDED 3 OTHERS, INCLUDING FORMER COUNTY JUDGE-EXECUTIVE PDF Print
Saturday, 28 May 2011 16:20

Gary M. Bartley, age 53, of Tompkinsville, Kentucky has been sentenced to probation with six months on home confinement for his role in a vote buying scheme in Monroe County, Kentucky during the 2006 general elections.  Bartley was also ordered to pay a $2,000.00 fine.  The scheme involved both absentee ballots and Election Day votes cast in order to control the outcome of the election for certain candidates, including the office of County Judge-Executive, announced David J. Hale United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Bartley admitted that Between October, 2006, and November 7, 2006, he conspired with others to knowingly and willfully pay voters for voting in the November 7, 2006 general election in Monroe County, Kentucky.

Co-defendant and former Monroe County County Judge-Executive, Wilbur P. Graves, was convicted by a federal jury in Bowling Green, Kentucky of conspiring with others to buy votes during the November 2006 general election in order to re-elect himself.  Graves is scheduled to be sentenced July 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in United States District Court, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

According to evidence presented at trial, beginning in October 2006, and continuing to the general election on November 7, 2006, Graves conspired with Wanda L. Moore, Ronald D. Muse, and Bartley, all of Tompkinsville, Kentucky to pay voters to cast walk-in absentee ballots.  Those being paid for their vote would file a voter assistance form whereby they falsely stated that they were blind, disabled, or unable to read English and thus in need of assistance to vote.  Members of the conspiracy would then accompany the voters into the booth to cast the voters’ ballots for Graves and other candidates.  The money used to pay the voters was provided by Graves who was on the ballot.

Muse and Moore entered plea agreements with the United States Attorney’s Office and testified against Graves at trial.

Muse was sentenced to time served on March 18, 2011 in United States District Court.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas W. Dyke and Randy Ream, and Edward T. Kang, a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and it was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

 

 

 

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