4 charged in alleged vote-buying scheme

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky official and three others have been indicted on charges stemming from an alleged vote-buying scheme.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a federal grand jury charged a Magoffin County candidate for magistrate with buying votes in 2014.

Gary “Rooster” Risner won the election and is a member of the county fiscal court. He was indicted along with his wife, Tami Jo Risner; Mason Daniels; and Scott Lynn McCarty. All four are charged with conspiracy.

In addition, Gary Risner was indicted on eight charges of paying people for their vote in either the May or November 2014 elections.

The grand jury charged Tami Jo Risner with six counts of paying voters before the November election. McCarty was charged with four counts of paying voters and Daniels with two counts.