LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Dave Mutchler, President of the FOP River City Lodge 614, said he wants someone to with “subpoena power” to look into the findings of a recently released audit. The KLEFPF audit was released last week by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts. Auditor Mike Harmon, acting on the request of former LMPD Detective and State Representative Denny Butler, announced 10 findings including information that $56 million from KLEFPF went unused and “swept” into the general fund between 2010 and 2015.
KLEFPF stands for “Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund. Kentuckians pay a tax of 1.8% on their home and car insurance policies. That tax is designated for KLEFPF and a similar program for Kentucky Firefighters. The firefighter fund was not part of this audit.
In 2010 Kentucky lawmakers approved a tax hike of .3 percent moving the rate from 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent. Harmon’s examination found that that was the same time in which larger chunks of money began being swept into the general fund.
“We haven’t been able to find anything from the Department of Revenue or otherwise or any explanation from them as to why it was raised,” said Dave Mutchler. “But, if you look at prima facie, it looks like money was created to be diverted to the general fund.”
Mutchler has been pouring over the KLEFPF audit trying to follow the money. Once funds are “swept” or transferred into the general fund, it’s nearly impossible to decide where it is spent.
The FOP President said that he was grateful for the work of Harmon and Representative Butler, but he wants another set of eyes on the information.
“On behalf of my members, we’re going to ask that the US Attorney’s Office or FBI or somebody with subpoena power, and the power to put people under oath, would investigate this more thoroughly,” Mutchler said.
During his KLEFPF announcement, Auditor Harmon said that his office was unable to determine whether any laws were broken, but he suggested that some had broken “the spirit of the law.” Harmon said he will hand over his results to the Executive Branch Ethics Committee.
At that same news conference, Representative Butler urged anyone with inside information to contact Federal authorities.