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Former Finance Director gets at least ten years
COVINGTON, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- Bob Due now admits he stole almost 800,000 dollars in taxpayer money by manipulating Covington's computer software.
He cooperated with investigators and agreed to pay back what he stole but there are still some unanswered questions in his case. The big question hanging over Bob Due's head is just how long will his sentence be. The prosecution is recommending 15 years but his lawyer can argue to have it reduced to 10.
The other big question: What did he do with all the money?
In jail is not how most people want to spend their birthday. But on the day Bob Due turned 64, he pled guilty to 15 felonies. Abuse of public trust, theft by deception, unlawful access to a computer and possession of a forged instrument is how the courts style what he did.
Due admitted to Judge Gregory Bartlett he misused his position as Covington's Finance Director, wrote himself checks with taxpayer money, then manipulated the system to cover his tracks. He agreed to a 10 to 15-year sentence and to pay back the $793,127 he stole.
"That's probably going to be $50 or $100 a month for the rest of his life. We will be collecting that from him. He will not be able to get off parole until he pays his restitution," Rob Sanders, the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney said.
800,000 dollars is a lot of money. If some of it is hidden away, it's still hidden. Due has not been able to account for much of it. Investigators say it's a mystery because he did not have a lavish lifestyle, drug addiction or gambling problem.
"The long and short of it is he hasn't explained to us where all the cash went. So we've been able to track some of it but not all," Sanders said.
Due's attorney said it's not a mystery, just a boring story. He says Due had an uncle who needed some help and he paid for his children's' college tuitions. Something many working people do without stealing from their boss.
"In essence it went toward supplementing his life and the cost of living. And really nothing that was outstanding or exciting," Due's attorney, Tim Schneider, said.
Schneider says Bob Due is a wonderful man who did a bad thing. He will argue for 10 years in jail, not 15. This is Due's first offense and he has cooperated. Schneider says Bob Due is sickened by what he did.
"Bob Due is going to do everything in his power to try and repay the city as quickly as possible," Schneider said.
A dramatic change of heart from a guy who didn't quit stealing until he got caught and, according to investigators, could easily still be stealing today if he hadn't got sloppy last August.
The criminal case is wrapping up but Bob Due still faces a civil suit filed against him by the city of Covington.
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