The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is auctioning 13 Remington rifles and 16 Case knives linked to a criminal investigation of its former commissioner, Richie Farmer, who now sits behind bars in a West Virginia penitentiary.
The firearms and knives were purchased for visiting commissioners attending the 2008 Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture in Lexington, though Farmer eventually took the items for himself. Farmer, 44, was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to misusing public funds for his personal benefit.
The Department of Agriculture has set the auction for 9 a.m. May 5 at the Kentucky Department for Fish and Wildlife Resources headquarters, 1 Sportsman’s Lane. Viewing will begin at 8 a.m., and paperwork and background checks must be completed onsite before the rifles are released, according to a press release from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said the auction represents “a way to make something positive out of what was an unfortunate situation,” adding he looks forward to recouping some of the tax dollars spent on the items.
“I hope collectors around Kentucky will bid aggressively on these items knowing that their dollars will go toward something worthwhile,” Comer said in a news release. “The winning bidders can forever point to these items as their contribution toward changing the culture in Frankfort.”
Additional information on the auction is available by calling 502-564-4696.