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Judge Concerned Fired Covington Finance Director May Hurt Himself Again

Reported by Joe Webb      @joewebbwkrc

A Kenton District Judge has taken steps to protect former Covington Finance Director Bob Due from claiming another victim: himself.

Due was in court for a preliminary hearing on the charges he misused his position to steal about $600,000 in city money.  

Due was arrested on August 23rd and released to home incarceration on August 26th.  3 days later, Covington officials say Due tried to kill himself by sitting in his garage with the car running.  He survived and was recently released from the hospital.

Judge Doug Grothaus let Due waive his right to a preliminary hearing but said they needed to discuss his bond.  Grothaus had some questions before letting Due back on home incarceration.

Is anyone going to be residing with you?  Are there any weapons in the home, Grothaus asked from the bench.  Due said his son would be living with him and his other children would be stopping by from time to time.  He said there were no guns in the house.  Dues attorney, Tim Schneider, said the children recently swept the home to look for weapons.  He said Due is doing much better.

I think he sees things differently now and I no longer think hes a threat to himself.

Grothaus returned Due to home incarceration with some restrictions: No guns, monitoring of his medications, random drug screens, continued mental health treatment.  Due and his attorney agreed to the conditions.

Commonwealths Attorney Rob Sanders says the criminal investigation is continuing but they expect to present the case to a grand jury in the next 60 days. 

This afternoon, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen announced he will be in Covington tomorrow to discuss how his office can help in the investigation.




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