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Former Covington Finance Director Indicted, Alleged Theft Dates Back to 2002

A Kenton County Grand Jury indicted former Covington Finance Director Bob Due on Thursday.

Due was indicted on fifteen counts, including abuse of public trust over $100,000, theft by deception of over $10,000, unlawful access to a computer, and twelve counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

He could face a maximum of forty years in prison, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told The River City News.

Since Due's arrest in August, the amount of money believed to have been stolen hovered around $600,000 with the criminal activity beginning around 2006, though it was believed that the amount could be higher and the beginning of the alleged theft could date back farther.

It was learned Thursday that both of those possibilities are true.

Sanders said that detectives with the Kenton County Police Department, which is handling the investigation, uncovered criminal activity dating back to 2002 and that the amount believed to be taken from Covington City Hall is now around $700,000. Sanders said he is not prepared to call any amount money the "final total" until Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen completes his examination of the case.

The additional $100,000 was allegedly stolen in the additional four years added to the timeline, 2002 through 2005.

After being arrested, Due was originally released to home incarceration. He then attempted to kill himself in his Independence home by using carbon monoxide poisoning from a running vehicle in his garage. A Kenton County judge, following Due's release from the hospital, permitted the former finance director to return to home incarceration. A second suicide attempt, this time through self-inflicted stab wounds, sent Due back to the hospital. Upon his release from psychological treatment, Due was sent back to the Kenton County Detention Center.

He is being held on $500,000 cash bond.

Due started with the City of Covington as finance director in 1999. Throughout the past several years, he had been a leading voice at City Hall for fiscal restraint and identifying financial difficulties the city faced. Covington officials filed a lawsuit against Due, his family, and several accounting firms in an effort to regain as much of the lost funds as possible.

The Due case has widened the rift between sitting members of the Covington City Commission and with city administrators, with at least two commissioners attempting to implicate others at City Hall in Due's alleged crimes.

The abuse of public trust charge is a Class B felony, punishable by ten to twenty years in prison. The theft by deception and unlawful access to a computer charges are Class C felonies that carry a possible punishment of five to ten years behind bars. The twelve counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument are Class D felonies that carry a punishment of one to five years in prison.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Bob Due/Kenton County Detention Center