Top Dewhurst Campaign Adviser Accused of Embezzlement

Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield, a top adviser to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, is facing a criminal investigation amid accusations from the Dewhurst campaign that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from political accounts and falsified campaign finance reports from 2008 to the present to hide his actions.

Barfield is accused of falsifying bank deposit slips, vendor invoices and other documents to cover up his alleged actions and to make the balances appear legitimate. An accountant in Dewhurst’s campaign found a discrepancy this month, and that led to the discovery that at least $600,000 was missing from the state campaign’s ...

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