A former Adair County banker will stay out of jail after he found a way to repay $ 150,000 in restitution to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for lying under oath about moving costs.
Randy Murray was sentenced Friday in Franklin Circuit Court to 90 days that will be probated for two years of unsupervised probation based on the restitution payment.
In 2008, Murray misrepresented the cost to move a house he owned from the construction site of a bypass around Columbia, according to court records.
The state had purchased Murray’s property, including the home, to build the road, records say.
However, Murray later repurchased the house with plans to move it from the property. He billed the state more than $600,000 to relocate the house about half a mile.
Murray testified that he paid $310,000 in cash to his stepson, Brandon Bishop, for a tract of land to move the house. But the deed and transfer of the land and money were never filed, court records show. He did not prove what he paid for the move, hence he was charged with lying under oath.
In January, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd postponed final sentencing after Murray indicated he could not make his restitution payment.
According to a plea agreement, Murray was to repay $150,00 and remain on unsupervised probation for two years. The January testimony revealed that Murray lost his job as a bank executive after The Adair Progress ran an article about the plea agreement in December.
Shepherd ordered Murray to file his federal tax return with the Franklin Commonwealth’s Attorney, but he filed copies of four restitution checks totaling the $150,000 before the court hearing Friday.