LOUISA, Ky. –– Two days after thelevisalazer.com posted a story which quoted state auditor Mike Harmon’s audit of the Phillip Carter fiscal court that found five glaring problems, including the charge Carter and the fiscal court awarded nearly $1.2 million in contracts to his daughter. We received a neat package today of what appears to be an “insider” dossier on the contracts awarded to a company, Amber Lea Contracting, LLC, which is at least partly owned by Sabrina Young. Carter’s daughter..
Anybody want to surmise who sent the package?
Here is the first two pages of the information which ranges from auditor’s findings to Attorney general and Secretary of state information turned in against Carter.
I’ve read your recent reporting in the Levisa Lazer regarding Lawrence County Fiscal Court’s illegal
special meetings as well as the recent State Auditor’s report. There is more information which must be
brought to the public’s attention. The Kentucky State Auditor’s most recent report details the illegal and
unethical business practices of Judge Carter and the Lawrence County Fiscal Court. However, this is only
a snapshot of Judge Carter’s wrong doings.
Judge Carter and the Fiscal Court have been violating Kentucky Statute since 2019 by awarding contracts
and distributing public funds to businesses and individuals associated with immediate family members
According to Lawrence County Fiscal Court financial records between 2020 and May 2023 nearly $1.2
million has been paid to Amber Lea Contractors. Carter’s son-in-law, Timothy Young of Meade Branch
Rd., is listed as a member of this business on the KY Secretary of State website and has been since 2021.
According to Lawrence County Fiscal Court records, there have been only been two bid reviews during
Carter’s terms in which bids were awarded to Amber Lea Contractors.
According to Lawrence County Fiscal Court financial records, between the years of 2020- May 2022,
Amber Lea Contractors were issued payments totaling $577,979.32. As of May 2023, Lawrence County
Fiscal Court has paid Amber Lea Contractors an additional $596,800.60 bringing the total payments to
Amber Lea Contractors under Judge Carter’s current and previous term to $1,174,779.92. All of these
payments are made from the county’s Road Fund or Emergency Road Fund.
In November 2020 two companies bid During the regular November 17, 2020 Fiscal Court meeting the court accepted the bid from Amber Lea Contractors. In November 2021, three companies submitted bids to the Fiscal Court for the same type of materials and services including Amber Lea Contractors, Nattco, Inc. and Pinkerton Drilling. Amber Lea Contractors were again awarded the bid on November 23, 2021 at the regular Fiscal Court meeting.
The 2021, 2022, and 2023 online Secretary of State Annual Report filings list Timothy Young (392
Meades Branch Rd. Louisa, KY 41230) as “Member” of Amber Lea Contractors. Timothy Allen Young and
Sabrina Gaynelle Young (392 Meades Branch Rd. Louisa, KY 41230) are also listed as “Directors” of
Young’s Equipment Repair Incorporated, according to the 2021 and 2022 online Secretary of State
Annual Report filings.
Again, Timothy Young is Judge Carter’s son-in-law. Sabrina Young is Judge Carter’s daughter.
Fiscal Court financial documents also suggest additional familial dealings:
Carter Auto Sales (Registered to: Phillip Carter)
Highway 2565 Auto Sales (Registered to: Sabrina Young)
Charles Arrington (Judge Carter’s Brother-in-law)
Leslie Carter (Judge Carter’s Brother)
Donald Carter (Judge Carter’s Brother)
2019: Appointment to County Road Foreman – $40,000 annually
The KY State Auditors report only provided a snapshot of time – detailing the most recent fiscal year. As
one of the only local news sources this county has, it is imperative the full scope of information is
provided to taxpayers. It’s obvious you are aware and already reporting Judge Carter and the Fiscal
Court’s unlawful and dishonest business practices based on your recent stories.
This most recent audit also states Judge Carter’s mishandling of taxpayer funds violates the County’s
Ethics Code and would be reported to the Lawrence County Ethics Committee. Who is on that
committee? The public needs to know. Will these decisions by our elected officials be appropriately
handled or will the good ol’ boy system prevail and allow Judge Carter and the Fiscal Court to continue
their misdeeds in the dark?
We need a local news source to pour sunlight on the Carter administration.
Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent and who it is being given to.
* It should also be noted that in the June 2023 minutes, the Road Emergency Fund Bills page is missing
from the document. The summary page of bills indicates the Road Emergency Fund Bills at $161,331.50.
The Road Fund Receipts page indicates a transfer from the Road Emergency Fund to the Road Fund of
$100,000.00 – leaving $61,331.50 unaccounted for.
Thank you for your time.
The Lazer posted the names of all committee and board members appointed by fiscal court a few weeks ago. Here is the Ethics Committee:
Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Skeans said the responsibility for seeking indictments could ultimately come down to him.
“If investigated it would probably be KSP DESI. Feds would have jurisdiction and potentially if they don’t, so would I. I have no direct knowledge of the allegations, though,” Skeans said Friday.
Who sent the package?
Are those working for Carter turning in info?
This is a serious case, millions of taxpayer dollars involved, ethics disaster…