Due Scheduled to Change Plea in Embezzlement Case
Former Covington finance director Bob Due is scheduled to appear in a Kenton County courtroom on Thursday where he is expected to change his not guilty plea.
Due was arrested last August and indicted months later on fifteen counts including abuse of the public trust for more than $100,000, theft by deception including cold checks of $10,000 or more, unlawful access to a computer, and twelve counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
The 14-year veteran of Covington City Hall is believed by investigators and the Kentucky State Auditor to have stolen $793,000 from the city's coffers over a twelve year period.
After his initial arrest, Due was placed in home incarceration, but following two suicide attempts he was returned to the Kenton County Detention Center where he has remained since September.
When Due was indicted in November, The River City News reported that 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.
Due has pleaded not guilty to all charges previously.
The River City News will be in the courtroom for Due's hearing on Thursday.
Photo: Bob Due placed in handcuffs last September/RCN file