Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Indictments Following Election Probe in Covington

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 23, 2009  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the indictment of three persons stemming from unlawful campaign practices in the 2008 election for Covington City Commission.

Defendants Jerry Bamberger, 66, Steven Megerle, 29, and Craig Johnson, 44, were each indicted today by a Kenton County Grand Jury for one count conspiracy to violate campaign finance restrictions, and one count conspiracy to fail to identify campaign contributors and advertisers.

The indictment stems from an effort in late 2008 to support the candidacy of defendant Johnson and defeat the candidacy of opponent Shawn Masters for Covington City Commissioner. The indictment alleges that the three named defendants conspired to create an unlawfully anonymous campaign circular or advertisement advocating the defeat of Masters, while further conspiring to conceal, from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, their identity as financial contributors toward the effort.

Prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office of Special Prosecutions are handling the matter at the request of Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders and pursuant to the Attorney General's independent authority to enforce campaign finance regulations. This matter was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General's Department of Criminal Investigations.

Arraignment and further proceedings in this matter are set for April 29, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in Kenton County District Court.

An indictment is an accusation only. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.