Donations Lead To Indictment Over Deal To Move City Hall

Jun 7, 2019


The Lexington Herald-Leader reports an owner of a real estate company faces multiple federal charges related to a proposal to move city hall to the Herald Leader’s downtown building. The allegations are that straw contributors were used to make contributions to council members.  The case also involves accusations of lying to federal investigators.

According to the newspaper, Timothy Wayne Wellman, who is listed as part owner and operator of CRM companies, was charged with witness tampering and multiple counts of making false statements by a federal grand jury.  CRM successfully bid a year ago on a proposal to move city hall to the building at the corner of Main and Midland.  The indictment alleges Wellman gave money to 12  people who then donated the money to two sitting council members.  A straw contribution is used to circumvent state law limiting how much one person can donate.  The indictment doesn’t name the council members.  The council ultimately voted last fall to not award the construction and renovation project to CRM.

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