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Lawsuit alleges discrimination, retaliation and overspending in Breckinridge Co. Road Department

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BRECKINRIDGE COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Allegations of discrimination, overspending taxpayer money and using equipment for personal use are swirling around the Breckinridge County Road Department.

The lawsuit is 37 pages long -- and detailed. Connie Horsley was hired in 2009 as the office manager and inventory control specialist at the Breckinridge County Road Department. She is not commenting on camera, but in her lawsuit, she alleges discrimination, retaliation and says she uncovered overspending and favors for officials' friends over the last five years. Horsley says she's the only female employee in the Road Department. 

In the lawsuit, Horsley makes allegations against Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas, County Magistrate Willis Bosley, and former Road Department Foreman Ernie Nix.

The lawsuit says the defendants conspired together to force Horsley to aid them in committing fraud:

  • by purchasing boots for the road crew and labeling them "chains."
  • completing personal favors for friends of the judge using road crew equipment and funds
  • allowing people  to use road dept. equipment and resources for their own personal use
  • allowing employees to sell items such as scrap metal for personal profit. 

The lawsuit claims the Road Department overpaid at least $6,000 for a dump truck that was allegedly bought from a friend of the Judge, and bought tiles for the entrance of a private business for another personal friend.  

The lawsuit states in the 2015 proposed budget, Judge Lucas gave himself and other court and Road Department employees raises, while her pay was lowered. 

Horsley also claims the defendants tried to force her to resign, putting pornographic magazines on her desk. 

Horsley says she wants to stay with the county until she reaches her full retirement age of 66. She says she's endured over five years of misery at the hands of the defendants.

She says she also called the Auditor's Office in Frankfort about the alleged theft and fraud. 

Lucas has served as the Judge-Executive since November 2010. Citing that it's a personnel issue, Lucas says he can't comment on the allegations.

The Kentucky Association of Counties is paying for the legal counsel for the judge and the other defendants named.

Horsley's Attorney says Magistrate Willis Bosley is refusing to be served the lawsuit, so he does not have a copy right now. Bosley has not returned our call. The Attorney representing the defendants has also not returned our calls. Nix couldn't be reached for comment.

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