Damning Audit Report On KSP Rape Kit Testing Released, Good Old Boy Heads Should Roll But Won’t

State Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen is going all in with the politics and ruffling feathers. In his latest special report on untested rape kits held by Kentucky State Police and other law enforcement agencies, here’s the imagery used on his cover page:

Strong visual for an audit report, to say the least. But not as strong as the report’s actual findings.

Let’s dig into the report. Will keep excerpts brief so you can get to the 97-page document.

“The results of this initiative are stomach-turning,” Auditor Edelen said. “When a victim has the courage to undergo an invasive and traumatizing exam after an assault, he or she deserves to have the evidence in that sexual assault kit analyzed. One of government’s fundamental responsibilities is to bring these rapists to justice.”


  • Kentucky has 3,090 untested rape kits. 1,859 untested kits are in the possession of 87 police/sheriff departments. 1,231 are in the possession of the KSP forensic laboratory.

  • In discussions with KSP, it was determined the likely reason no untested kits were at the posts because all posts were directed to submit untested kits to the forensic laboratory after the APA count began. However, based on data received from the forensic laboratory, only 59 untested kits were submitted by KSP posts during the period under review.
  • LMPD reported that it is still sorting out problems accounting for kits associated with its merger (Jefferson County and the City of Louisville) in 2003.
  • The Kentucky State Police Forensic Laboratory’s average turnaround time to analyze rape kits submitted in 2014 is currently 8 months and data indicates the turnaround time is increasing
  • Limited resources, state budget cuts, and recruitment and retention issues at the KSP forensic laboratories are significant factors contributing to the lengthy turnaround times
  • The turnaround time to obtain DNA test results from the KSP Forensic Laboratory is currently estimated to be an average of eight months. KSP addressed media questions regarding the backlog of sexual assault kits by indicating additional funding was needed to improve its turnaround time of DNA analysis. Auditors analyzed KSP’s preliminary cost estimates to improve the turnaround time to conduct forensic analysis, as well as the agency’s expenditure history and, capital budget priorities. KSP did apply for and receive grant funding in past years to pay for training and overtime for DNA analysts. However, the results of this analysis indicated that overall KSP did not take broad action to address the underlying problems that led to increased turnaround times. It was not clear what processes were in place to make KSP leadership aware of the increasing turnaround times, if any.
  • When managing a government agency, priorities are generally reinforced in the agency through budgetary measures. KSP indicates that more funding is needed to resolve the current backlog of sexual assault kits and to add staff and equipment to maintain lower turnaround times. Yet, the forensic laboratory had requested no additional state funding for equipment and personnel to expand its capacity to address the backlog, long turnaround times or higher volume of evidence expected in the future. Inquiries within KSP identified that when funding is short in one area of the department, resources are shifted from another area so needs are met throughout the agency. In fact, KSP stated that the forensic laboratory often is able to expend more than originally budgeted due to resources being pulled from other areas, and the forensic laboratory director indicated that when she requests staffing it is authorized. These explanations describe how the agency attempts to maintain the status quo, but does not identify necessary strategic planning to handle the growing volume of forensic evidence submitted or significantly reduce turnaround times for the current evidence load.
  • An analysis of forensic laboratory spending and requests for funding, as well as other statements by KSP indicated a lack of prioritization of forensic evidence analysis.
  • KSP also told auditors that management has had discussions about scaling down the amount of forensic evidence the forensic laboratory would analyze by not accepting certain types of cases.
  • Communications and policies from the forensic lab re: rape kits were inconsistent and confusing, resulting in fewer kits submitted
  • A sheriff’s deputy stated that the forensic laboratory told him that it would not test the kit if the case wasn’t going to be prosecuted.
  • The APA found that most agencies lack clear policies for handling sexual assault kits and communicating with victims; however, most agencies expressed a desire for clearer policies and some were unsure how to obtain model policies.
  • Policies for destroying untested and tested sexual assault kits are varied and the statute is vague, and as a result, some kits may have been inappropriately destroyed
  • Most law enforcement agencies lack specific policies for logging, tracking and storing rape kits, resulting in varying processes across Kentucky
  • Law enforcement training is wide-ranging, resulting in some officers being better equipped than others to process rape kits
  • 41% of law enforcement agencies reported that they do not submit all kits

The report is a real mess. It’ll frustrate you. A wake up call for law enforcement and the legislature that will hopefully matter.

Click here (Warning: Huge PDF Link – 7ish MB) to review the entire report for yourself. Save the report to your computer instead of opening it in your web browser. Reading on a mobile device is not recommended. The report will be available via the auditor’s website shortly.

Most surprising: There was no mention in the report of the commissioner’s daughter once having a no-show job in the lab. Probably because that’d be too much reality to address.

Complacency, nepotism and general good old boy mentalities plague nearly every agency in government across Kentucky. This rape kit crisis is merely a blip on the consequence radar.

Frankfort Republican Planned Parenthood Freakout – High Beams On

Two secret homosexuals and their five Republican friends are freaking out about Planned Parenthood.

This sect of the Republican Party of Kentucky — the most extreme of the extreme — are holding another public circle jerk in releasing letters sent to Auditor of Public Accounts and human troll, Todd Hollenbach.

Here’s their release announcing their backward-ass letters:

“Over the summer, highly-publicized videos have documented the widespread and ongoing practice by Planned Parenthood to proactively engage in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. Former employees have testified that this revenue-generating strategy is at the heart of Planned Parenthood’s business model. Following that disturbing revelation, State Representatives learned that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services allows significant taxpayer dollars to flow to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

Last Friday, after repeated requests to Executive Branch agencies trying to determine the amount of taxpayer dollars flowing through and from Kentucky State government to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, seven Kentucky State Representatives wrote to Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen and Treasurer Todd Hollenbach calling on them to investigate and audit the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Kentucky citizens have a legal and moral right to know with certainty how their tax dollars are being spent.

Although these Constitutional elected officers were respectfully requested to immediately advise us of their intentions and the timeframe that their results would be forthcoming, the Auditor has refused to respond, and the Treasurer says he will not honor our request for an investigation.

For that reason, we are releasing our correspondence as open letters.

While Governor Beshear has stated that he doesn’t “really see any issue to get riled up about,” we, along with countless Kentuckians, are outraged and disgusted by the clear evidence that Planned Parenthood has callously engaged in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. On behalf of those citizens we have demanded: (1) a fully transparent accounting of how much of their money is going to support Planned Parenthood; (2) that the tax dollars of Kentucky citizens immediately stop going to support Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky; and (3) that State Government take affirmative steps to ensure that the Commonwealth of Kentucky does not, directly or indirectly, facilitate Planned Parenthood or any other organization that engages in the harvesting or selling of the body parts of babies.

Given the clear unwillingness of the Beshear Administration to take these matters seriously, we have called upon Auditor Edelen and Treasurer Hollenbach to get to the bottom of who exactly is funding these atrocities. The source of these public funds is irrelevant if Kentucky State Government is providing financial support that aids or abets in these crimes against humanity. Likewise, we remind the Executive Branch that except in emergency situations, only the Kentucky General Assembly has the constitutional authority to direct where funds, collected by the Kentucky Treasurer, will be appropriated.”

Rep. Robert Benvenuti, State Representative, 88th District
Rep. Tim Couch, State Representative, 90th District
Rep. Kim King, State Representative, 55th District
Rep. Stan Lee, State Representative, 45th District
Rep. David Meade, State Representative, 80th District
Rep. Tim Moore, State Representative, 18th District
Rep. Russell Webber, State Representative, 26th District

Isn’t that fun? These people are publicly admitting that they possess few functioning brain cells. They’re publicly admitting to falling for hype.

Here’s their letter to Edelen:

And to Troll Hollenbach:

Edelen Hits Again In Two EKY Audits

Adam Edelen has apparently decided to take his campaign seriously and he isn’t letting up when it comes to releasing audits that slap small town corruption and mismanagement.

Take the latest audit of the Knott County Fiscal Court (Warning: External PDF Link) for instance.

Some highlights:

  • The county spent in excess of the total budgets in the General, Road, Jail, and State grant funds. In addition the county spent in excess of the budgeted line items in the LGEA and the Emergency Management funds. The county prepared a budget amendment at the end of the year; however it was not completed
    timely and was not approved by the Department for Local Government.
  • A detailed capital asset disbursement listing should be maintained. The County Treasurer should maintain a detailed listing of all fixed assets and construction in progress.
  • The County Judge Executive is due additional salary for calendar year 2013. The Knott County Judge/Executive did not receive his statutory for calendar year 2013. We determined that the county judge executive was underpaid in the amount of $2,890.
  • The County should improve controls over credit card disbursements.
  • The county did not implement strong oversight over payroll.
  • We noted a lack of internal controls over the Knott County Sportsplex receipts and disbursements.

And the latest audit of the Elliott County Fiscal Court (Warning: External PDF Link) is not much better.


  • Restricted Road Funds of $26,706 were spent for General Fund purposes, increasing the liability owed from the General Fund to the Road Fund to $146,905.
  • The Jail Fund owes the Local Government Economic Assistance fund $21,795 from prior years.
  • Timesheets should be maintained for all employees. KRS 337.320 requires every employer to maintain a record of: (a) the amount paid each pay period to each employee; (b) the hours worked each day and each week by each employee.
  • The County did not comply with bid procedures for a purchase exceeding $20,000. The County purchased a backhoe for $38,500 from a local vendor without advertising for bids.
  • The County lacks adequate segregation of duties and lacks internal controls over disbursements.

It’s like nothing ever changes. Especially in Eastern Kentucky.

Kim Davis Circus: Act 2 Begins Now

The city of Somerset agreed to drop its lawsuit challenging the authority of the state auditor’s office to do special examinations of cities, officials announced Friday. Auditor Adam Edelen’s office will bill Somerset $50,000 to cover the costs of doing the exam that led to the lawsuit, said Edelen’s assistant auditor, Libby Carlin. [H-L]

An extraordinary meat-eating dinosaur has been discovered Down Under. The prehistoric beast was certainly no match for T. rex, but with its huge hook-like claws it must have been pretty ferocious. [HuffPo]

Five months ago, Matt Bevin was almost an afterthought in the Republican primary. Today, the Louisville businessman is still something of a mystery – but he’s more likely than not to be the next governor of Kentucky, and he even says so! [C-J/AKN]

Just in case you didn’t already know that Mike Huckabee is crazier than a shithouse rat. Mike Huckabee on Thursday said the Dred Scott decision denying U.S. citizenship to African-Americans is the law of the land. [The Hill]

Of course Tom Riner connected backward-ass hater Kim Davis with the Liberty Con Artists. Leave it to Riner to be worried about Davis losing everything and not about the LGBT folks across the Commonwealth who face job loss and homelessness as a result of their sexual orientation. [Ronnie Ellis]

Republican anti-gay bigotry threatens the First Amendment. We’re looking at all of you Republicans who are afraid to stand up to your colleagues. This past June, in the heat of their outrage over gay rights, congressional Republicans revived a nasty bit of business they call the First Amendment Defense Act. It would do many things, but one thing it would not do is defend the First Amendment. To the contrary, it would deliberately warp the bedrock principle of religious freedom under the Constitution. [NY Times]

Few new superintendents have started the job with as many major projects and problems as Michael D. Taylor, who came to the Fairview independent district this summer in the wake of two state investigations. [Ashland Independent]

Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill. [Politico]

Some Louisville workers haven’t seen their pay grow fast enough to keep up with the national inflation rate during the last five years, an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. [Business First]

Shell Oil Co.’s president Marvin Odum made the trip on Sept. 2 from Houston to this northern-most town in the United States, a spot whose traditional name, Ukpeagvik, means “place where snowy owls are hunted.” [WaPo]

The attorney representing a former Glasgow Police Department chief, Guy J. Turcotte, in his civil lawsuit against the City of Glasgow and interim GPD Chief James Duff argued Friday in Barren Circuit Court that excessive media coverage made it impossible for his client to receive a fair trial in the county. [Glasgow Daily Times]

U.S. prosecutors sought to drop wire fraud charges on Friday against a physicist at Temple University in Philadelphia, nearly four months after he was accused of sharing proprietary U.S. technology with China. [Reuters]

Here’s your NO SHIT, SHERLOCK moment regarding schools rating themselves too high in program reviews. [H-L]

Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with powerful drugs, essentially because they couldn’t believe a black woman owned a BMW. [HuffPo]

Trouble In Clinton & Muhlenberg Cos

Earlier this week Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen released findings and recommendations for the former Clinton County Sheriff’s office and the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court.

Both reports were, ahem, less than stellar.

In Clinton County (Warning: External PDF Link):

  • In January 2014, the former Sheriff transferred $20,000 from the Drug Eradication account to the 2014 fee account to cover operating expenses of his office. However, in December 2014, the 2014 fee account reimbursed the Drug Eradication account.
  • In December 2014, the former Sheriff transferred $5,300 from the Drug Eradication account to the 2014 fee account as a reimbursement for equipment purchases made earlier in the year. However, the former Sheriff could not identify any purchases to support this reimbursement. The $5,300 should be returned to the Drug Eradication account.
  • The former Sheriff had $1,302 in disallowed expenditures from his 2014 official fee account.
  • There were a total of 173 deposits made into the 2014 fee account. Of these deposits, 121 did not clear the bank within three (3) business days. In addition, the auditor noted that forty-five (45) of the deposits took over nine business days to clear the bank. The former Sheriff lacked controls over the deposit process and did not provide adequate oversight in this area.
  • The former Sheriff collected total receipts of $326,450 and disbursed $321,947. The remaining balance of $4,503 should have been remitted to fiscal court as excess fees. Without a complete statement of receipts and expenditures, fiscal court cannot be sure that correct excess fees have been submitted.
  • The former Sheriff’s did not prepare quarterly financial reports
  • The former Sheriff’s office lacked adequate segregation of duties over all accounting functions
  • All Receipts Were Not Accounted For In The Appropriate Year
  • Receipts Were Not Deposited On A Timely Basis
  • Penalties Were Charged For Late Payment Of Invoices
  • The Receipts And Disbursements Ledgers Required Numerous Adjustments And Reclassifications
  • A 4th Quarter Financial Report Was Not Prepared And Submitted
  • An Annual Settlement Was Not Prepared And Submitted To Fiscal Court For Approval
  • Excess Fees Were Not Remitted To Fiscal Court
  • Employer’s Share Of Retirement Was Not Properly Calculated Resulting In An Underpayment Of $188

Naturally, the guy didn’t bother responding to the audit.

In Muhlenberg County (Warning: External PDF Link):

  • The Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court does not issue receipts for all monies collected at the Agriculture Expo Center during events. The Agriculture Expo Center collects monies for parking, admissions, concessions, and other miscellaneous items. Additionally, the Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court does not issue receipts for monies collected at garbage drop-off locations or for the sale of garbage bags. The Fiscal Court operates drop-off stations that allow citizens of Muhlenberg County to bring their trash to these localized hubs for a nominal fee.
  • Telephone commissions contracts should be approved by Fiscal Court and all jail disbursements should be budgeted.
  • The Fiscal Court did not approve the contract between the Jail and CPC. Additionally, there was no documentation the expenditures were ever presented to the Fiscal Court prior to payment.
  • Thirty-five disbursements/credit card transactions that did not have adequate supporting documentation (itemized invoices).
  • One credit card statement did not have original invoices (six of the invoices were copies).
  • Invoices were not properly marked paid.
  • Credit cards were not always paid in full each month, resulting in finance charges/late fees of $70.01.
  • Instead of bidding or using the state contract vendor, the Fiscal Court purchased seven Chevrolet Caprices and one Chevrolet Silverado from a local dealership.
  • Pennryile Area Development District (PADD) prepared and submitted reimbursement requests (approved by the County Judge Executive) to the EDA that had already been paid for from CDBG funds. PADD had been advised by the Atlanta Regional Office of the EDA that EDA did not consider CDBG funds to be federal funds and that the EDA treated CDBG funds as matching funds. The CDBG grant agreement states that the source of the CDBG funds is federal. Additionally, the CDBG grant stated that the Muhlenberg County Opportunity Center was to obtain the EDA grant. The Fiscal Court received reimbursements of $326,285 from EDA. The Fiscal Court had unreimbursed expenses of $279,078. As a result of submitting costs erroneously, Fiscal Court received $47,207 in reimbursements when no costs were incurred.
  • Auditor inspected a Federal Financial Report submitted to EDA dated May 2, 2014. This report was to list cumulative project expenditures as of March 30, 2014. The report shows zeros for all amounts except cash receipts and cash disbursements which were left blank. The County Judge Executive signed the report. Auditor noted a second report on file at PADD with the same date. That report was an edited copy of the original report on file at the county. The report submitted to EDA shows project expenditures of $746,992. Actual expenditures as of March 31, 2014 (including those reimbursed with CDBG funds) were $689,514. The report is materially misstated by $57,477.
  • Federal expenditures totaling $230,165 were not presented to, or approved by Fiscal Court. This amount consists of two JAG expenditures totaling $31,250 and six CDBG/EDA expenditures totaling $198,915. Additionally, there were 62 non-federal operating expenditures totaling $333,162 not properly presented or approved.
  • The Fiscal Court failed to implement adequate internal controls over federal financial reporting for the Edward Byrne Grant and had questioned costs of $12,832.

All hell’s about to break loose.

Adam Edelen Takes The Gloves Off

Yesterday Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen took the gloves off in Jackson and Leslie Counties.

Edelen’s office referred two audits in Jackson to the Attorney General — for the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Tax Office. In Leslie, the Sheriff’s Office audit was referred both to the Attorney General and the Leslie County Attorney. For the first time in a long time, Edelen’s office publicly stated in a release that the referrals were made. Guessing that ad on the right-hand side of the site woke him up a bit.

Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) for the Jackson Sheriff’s Office audit release. Highlights:

  • The former Sheriff did not manage the financial activities of his office.
  • The former Sheriff did not comply with the Uniform System of Accounts.
  • The former Sheriff’s office lacked adequate segregation of duties.
  • The former Sheriff should have ensured monies collected were secured and handled properly.
  • The former Sheriff should have properly accounted for forfeiture monies and filed appropriate reports.
  • The former Sheriff should have made fee pooling payments in accordance with the fee pooling ordinance.
  • The former Sheriff should collect and remit payments as recommended in order to close out the calendar year 2013 fee account.
  • The former Sheriff should have eliminated the deficit of $112,889 in his official 2011 Fee Account.
  • The former Sheriff should have collected receivables and paid liabilities from his 2012 Fee Account as determined by prior year audit.
  • The former Sheriff should require depository institutions to pledge or provide sufficient collateral to protect deposits.
  • The former Sheriff should publish information required by KRS 91A.040.

Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) for the Jackson Sheriff’s Tax Office audit release. Highlights:

  • The former Sheriff did not manage the financial activities of his office.
  • The former Sheriff’s office lacked adequate segregation of duties over tax receipts, disbursements, and reconciliations.
  • The former Sheriff should have strengthened internal controls over daily checkout procedures and deposits should have been made intact on a daily basis.
  • Reconciliation procedures should have been performed to ensure adequate monitoring of tax receipts and tax disbursements.
  • The former Sheriff should ensure the delinquent tax list is complete and accurate before submitting to the County Clerk.
  • The former Sheriff has a known deficit of $15,421 in his 2013 official tax account.
  • The former Sheriff should resolve unsettled 2011 tax receivables and liabilities
  • The former Sheriff should ensure tax receipts are placed in an interest-bearing account.
  • The former Sheriff should resolve unsettled 2012 tax receivables and liabilities.
  • The former Sheriff should have made tax payments to the districts by the 10th of the next month.
  • The former Sheriff should improve controls and documentation procedures for waivers of tax penalties and fees.
  • The former Sheriff should have required depository institutions to pledge or provide sufficient collateral to protect deposits.
  • The former Sheriff should collect/disburse amounts due/owed based upon audit.
  • The former Sheriff’s County Revenue Bond was not adequate.

Click here (Warning: External PDF Link) for the Leslie County Sheriff’s audit release. Highlights:

  • The former Sheriff’s office lacked adequate segregation of duties.
  • The former Sheriff should have strengthened internal controls over payroll processing.
  • The former Sheriff should have improved internal controls over receipts.
  • The former Sheriff should have ensured receipts were issued for all auto inspections performed.
  • The former Sheriff should not have spent fee receipts on disallowed expenditures.
  • The former Sheriff’s expenditures exceeded revenues by $3,694 and the budget amendment was not submitted to the Fiscal Court in a timely manner.
  • The former Sheriff’s donation account should be in compliance with KRS 61.310.
  • Donated monies should not be spent on disallowed expenditures.
  • The former Sheriff has a total deficit of $21,165 in his fee account and donated funds.
  • The former Sheriff should settle 2012 fee account receivables and liabilities due per audit.
  • The former Sheriff should settle 2011 fee account receivables and liabilities due per audit
  • The former Sheriff should settle 2010 fee account receivables and liabilities due per audit.
  • The former Sheriff should settle 2008 and 2009 fee account receivables and liabilities due per audit.
  • The former Sheriff’s office received duplicate payroll reimbursement from two outside entities.
  • Telecommunication tax commissions of $1,025 are due to the Fiscal Court.

Those excerpts are pretty boring but if you dig into the audit releases and look at the actual audits, you’ll be amazed at how rampant the asshattery is for some local sheriffs.

Will Jack Conway take action?

The world may never know.

But if recent history is any indication, probably not.


He’s taking the gloves off in Somerset, as well. From a release a few minutes ago:

Auditor Edelen Releases Special Examination into City of Somerset, Finds Employees Feared Retaliation, Officials Conducted City Business with Little Accountability

Report will be Referred to the Attorney General, Other State Agencies

Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination into the City of Somerset, finding that city employees feared retaliation, city officials generally ignored city policies and ordinances – if they existed at all – and made spending and management decisions without proper oversight or accountability.

The report describes a city management that didn’t competitively bid at least $280,000 worth of services, did not consistently contract for or have oversight of negotiated industrial natural gas rates, hires and pays personnel not established or authorized by city council and at times operated outside the confines of city policies, ordinances, and other laws.

The report will be referred to the Attorney General’s office, the Department of Revenue, the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture and the City Board of Ethics for further consideration.

“This exam paints a picture of a city management that ignores ordinances and policies, skirts oversight and accountability and conducts the business of taxpayers as a few people at the top see fit,” Auditor Edelen said. “What’s worse, we heard over and over again from city employees that they were afraid to share information with us because they feared being retaliated against. This is not how a city ought to be run.”

The report references several instances in which city personnel were hesitant to cooperate with auditors during the examination for fear of retaliation by the city mayor. Several city employees noted numerous times that they were at-will workers, and the mayor had the authority to terminate their employment for no cause.

You may click here (Warning: External PDF) to review the report for yourself.