FRANKFORT, Ky. - A state agency has levied a $6,000 fine against a car dealership owned in part by former Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Bob Babbage.
David Garnett, executive director of the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission, said the $6,000 fine against Ault Chevrolet-Geo in Lawrenceburg is the largest the agency has ever levied.
Ault Chevrolet-Geo signed an agreement May 8 with the commission to pay $500 for each of 12 alleged violations of failing to transfer vehicle ownership records in a timely manner.
The dealership also agreed to help clear credit histories of any consumers who experienced a record of credit delinquency because of the dealership's tardiness.
Neither Babbage nor the dealership's attorney, W. Terry McBrayer of Lexington, was available for comment.
Babbage stepped down as Democratic Party chairman at the end of May to accept a job with a private business. He has said he is not involved with the daily operations of the dealership.
In 1996, Babbage invested $100,000 to obtain 10 percent of the Lawrenceburg dealership. He went into business with Delbert Ault of Lexington. In his final days as secretary of state in late 1995, Babbage sought from then-Gov. Brereton Jones a pardon for Ault.
Jones pardoned Ault on a 1985 forgery charge, clearing the way for Ault to seek a dealer license.
Babbage has said he did not know he would go into business with Ault when he sought the pardon for him.
Earlier this year, Ault sold his 55 percent investment in the dealership to Babbage and other investors and left the business.