Former Kenton Golf Course Manager Arrested on Theft Charges
After being ousted from one Kenton County facility last year, Dan Moening now finds himself inside a different one - the Detention Center.
Moening was fired as manager of Kenton County's public golf courses in November, then in January it was revealed that county officials believed that he stole more than $100,000 in his role. He was arrested on Wednesday afternoon and charged with abuse of the public trust in excess of $100,000, theft by deception of more than $500, and first degree unlawful access to a computer.
He is being held on $50,000 bond and will be arraigned in Kenton District Court on Thursday morning.
Moening, 46, worked for the county from 1993 to 2010 when he sought the Republican nomination to become Judge/Executive, finishing well behind eventual winner Steve Arlinghaus and Deput Judge/Executive Scott Kimmich. He was rehired by Arlinghaus after a 2-2 vote at the Fiscal Court where then-Commissioner Kris Knochelmann was joined by Commissioner Beth Sewell in opposing the move. Procedures in county government allow the hiring to proceed in the event of a tie vote.
As Judge/Executive last January, Knochelmann agreed to keep Moening on as manager and last summer, the operations of the golf courses, which consistently lose money, were placed under review.
In January of this year, the results of that review and new details about why Moening was fired were revealed. Treasurer Roy Cox explained that Moening would allegedly manipulate transactions by misstating cash receipts and monthly financial reports during presentations to the county administration. The ousted manager would also, Cox said, engage in a scheme to redeem illegitimate rain checks and gift cards - inflating his commission by more than $52,000 over a 4-year period. Additionally, cash drawers were consistently not balanced to sales receipts.
When contacted by The River City News on Wednesday, Knochelmann declined to comment, referring RCN to Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders who was unavailable but who is expected to release more information later in the evening.
This story will be updated when more is known.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Dan Moening (via Kenton Co. Detention Center)