FORMER KY. REPUBLICAN STATE REPRESENTATIVE & CANDIDATE FOR KY.GOVERNOR IN 2019, ROBERT GOFORTH, GETS OVER 2 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING
FORMER KY STATE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR CANDIDATE, AND SOON TO BE A RESIDENT OF A U.S. PENEITARY, ROBERT GOFORTH.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported a federal district court judge imposed the sentence on Monday against Robert Goforth in Laurel County at the federal courthouse in London, KY.
Robert Goforth will have to pay $2.7 million in restitution for the fraud and $10,000 in fines. As of Monday, October 1, Goforth has paid more than $1 million in restitution, according to federal court testimony.
U.S. federal court records showed that in May 2022, Robert Goforth pleaded guilty to admitting that a Clay County, KY. pharmacy that he owned billed insurance companies along with Medicare and Medicaid, for prescriptions customers did not pick up at his pharmacy.
Goforth will also have two years of supervised release after he’s out of prison.
“I am ashamed of myself,” Roebrt Goforth told the U.S. federal judge in his sentencing hearing on Monday. “I tried to be a good role model, and all of the work I did will be tainted forever by the decisions I made to commit these crimes.”
Robert Goforth resigned from his seat in the Kentucky House in August 2021, citing “family and personal circumstances that demand my full attention and focus” in his resignation letter.
Mr. Goforth was already in criminal trouble in a completely separate legal case, as he was facing domestic violence charges stemming from an incident involving his wife back in April 2020. This was the second court case that Goforth was sentenced in this year. He previously faced charges in state court of first-degree strangulation and fourth-degree assault stemming from an incident that involved his wife, according to court records.
Robert Goforth sought re-election despite his indictment, and was condemned by a number of pro-family groups, including Kentucky for Strong Families. Goforth was re-elected in 2020 with 70% of the vote. He resigned from office in August 2021, while still facing those charges
According to police reports, Goforth’s wife told police that Robert Goforth tried “to hog tie” her during a domestic dispute, according to court records. She said he grabbed an ethernet cable from a kitchen drawer, wrapped it around her neck while she was face down on the floor, and strangled her to the point she was having trouble breathing, according to the citation. Goforth’s wife later said she didn’t want to pursue prosecution against him. Goforth pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault on July 14. The strangulation charge was dismissed.
Under the plea deal, Judge Michael Caperton sentenced Goforth to 59 days in jail to be served at the same time as his sentence in federal court.
Robert Goforth is ordered to report to the U.S. Marshall’s office on November 18 to begin his prison sentence. The judge suggested he serve his sentence “close to home” at the Federal Prison Camp in Manchester, or Ashland. Goforth, a Republican, represented Jackson County and parts of Laurel and Madison counties in the state House before resigning in August 2021.
Robert Goforth also ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for governor in 2019. His running mate that year was Michael Hogan, the longtime county attorney in Lawrence County who, himself, has since had his own legal problems. Last week Michael Hogan and his wife Joy, were sentenced in federal court in Frankfort after they both pled guilty to wire fraud charges. Michael Hogan was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison, while his wife was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison. Michael Hogan will report to a federal facility near Beckley, W.Va. on Dec. 6 and Joy will report Jan. 3, 2023 also to a facility in northern W.Va.
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