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Attorneys speak out over lawsuit involving KY Rep. Waide

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A lawsuit has been filed against Kentucky State Representative Ben Waide accusing him of misusing his company's finances for personal use and for financing his campaign.  

14 News was given the exhibits of evidence, including credit card receipts and bank statements pertaining to the lawsuit involving Waide's company, Liberty Rehab in Madisonville, and alleged mismanagement of funds by Waide. 

Attorneys for the plaintiff gave 14 News the exhibit of evidence, including detailed credit card receipts and bank statements for as far back as 2007, alleging that Waide's company, Liberty Rehab, funds were used to support his campaign, personal trips, clothing food and gas, and even massages and pedicures Waide and his wife at the Four Season Hotel in St. Louis.

"There was a credit card in Mr. Waide's name that Liberty used, but there are checks from Liberty Rehabilitations, signed by Mr. Waide, that paid those cards. So it doesn't make any different really what name the card is in. What matters is who paid the bill and the bill was paid by Liberty," said John Whitfield, the attorney for the plaintiff. 

Whitfield went on to say that the amount of money in question could be upwards of $200,000.

Attorney Todd P'Pool says the lawsuit is a blatant political attack.

"They knew that before they filed this lawsuit, the fact that they would include the campaign finance piece in with their complaint, it really goes to their credibility because they know it's not the right forum, and it's political theatre," P'pool said.

The complaint will now be reviewed by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. Attorneys say a preliminary decision of wrong-doing should be determined within five business days. 

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