Go read this story from Wolfson.
The U.S. attorney in New York has called Louisville businessman W. Anthony Huff a “vortex of fraud.”
Witnesses have testified that he is a “financial terrorist” and a “puppet maker,” while an attorney for Louisville investors said in a lawsuit that he is an “unmitigated scoundrel.”
A federal grand jury in New York has charged Huff with bribing officers of a now-defunct bank, plundering an insurance company, and looting an employment services firm of $58 million, allegedly spending some of it on himself and his family for vacations, designer jewelry and luxury cars.
Now Huff, 52, who also has been slapped with federal civil fraud judgments and interest totaling $32 million in Florida and Washington State, has issues closer to home:
The Louisville Metro Arson Squad is investigating whether a fire in March that destroyed the $924,670 home he shared with his wife in Eastwood was set, according to chief investigator Maj. Henry Ott.
Anthony Huff is awaiting trial on 13-count indictment returned in 2012 in New York that accuses him bank bribery, bank fraud, insurance fraud, theft and tax evasion … took tens of millions of dollars from clients, businesses and banks — as well as $53 million allegedly due the Internal Revenue Service.
in exchange for allowing him to run up $9 million in overdrafts and other favors, paid them paid them $400,000 in bribes and flew them aboard his corporate jet to the Super Bowl and the Masters.
Kentucky revoked Huff’s insurance license for theft of a $113,000 insurance premium. And in 2003, he pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisville to mail fraud for taking insurance premium financing he obtained for members of the trucking association and spending it on himself and his family.
Also in 2010, a federal court jury in Washington state returned a $19.3 million verdict against Huff, his wife and Certified’s CEO
That, in part, was what got Huff charged in the pending indictment in New York that accuses him and co-defendants of executing interwoven schemes that defrauded others of $100 million.
Really, you need to read the entire thing.
Unreal, isn’t it? His ties to Steve Pence got us interested in his campaign finance history. So we took a few minutes to check out the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance and the Federal Election Commission to see who he’s been tied to.
This list is in no way comprehensive and appears to be just scratching the surface. All of the contributions were made with the following names:
- Wilbur Anthony Huff
- W. Anthony Huff
- Tony Huff
- A. Huff
- T. Huff
- W. Huff
- $500.00 on 07/15/1998 — PENCE, STEPHEN for COUNTY ATTORNEY – JEFFERSON
- $1,000.00 on 04/09/2007 — FLETCHER, ERNIE for SLATE – STATEWIDE
- $1,000.00 on 09/27/2010 — BESHEAR, STEVEN for SLATE – STATEWIDE
- $1,000.00 on 02/15/2011 — WILLIAMS, DAVID for SLATE – STATEWIDE
- $2,000 on 03/07/2007 — MCCONNELL MAJORITY COMMITTEE; THE
GEORGE W. BUSH
- $2,000 on 07/16/2004 — BUSH, GEORGE W VIA BUSH-CHENEY ’04 (PRIMARY) INC
- $4,000 on 07/09/2008 — MCCAIN VICTORY KENTUCKY
- $2,000 on 07/09/2008 — MCCAIN, JOHN S. VIA JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC.
REPUBLICAN PARTY OF KENTUCKY
- $2,500 on 12/09/2005
- $1,000 on 02/27/2006
- $5,000 on 05/31/2006
- $2,000 on 08/04/2008
- $1,000.00 on 07/28/2004 — GIBSON, CARROLL for STATE SENATOR – 5TH DISTRICT
- $1,000.00 on 08/17/2006 — CLEMONS, RICK for SHERIFF – GRAYSON
- $1,000.00 on 08/21/2006 — DENNISON, DARWIN for JAILER – GRAYSON
- $1,000.00 on 06/30/2010 — DENNISON, DARWIN for JAILER – GRAYSON
- $1,000.00 on 08/23/2006 — LOGSDON, GARY for COUNTY JUDGE EXECUTIVE – GRAYSON
- $2,000.00 on 08/23/2006 — DEWINE, RICHARD MICHAEL VIA MIKE DEWINE FOR US SENATE
We didn’t dig in to any contributions made by his spouse or family members but it’s an interesting look at those who benefited from his alleged crimes.
Kentucky politics sure makes for strange bedfellows.