Former Covington Finance Director Out of Prison After Less than 4 Years
After serving less than four years of a ten-year sentence, Bob Due us out of prison.
The former Covington finance director pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing nearly $800,000 from City Hall over the course of a dozen years.
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders explained that Due was not paroled, but was placed on mandatory release supervision, which is what the state does when an inmate is within six months of serving out a sentence.
Sanders had recommended a 15-year sentence. State law would allow Due to serve as little as 20 percent of his sentence.
"This is yet another dismal example of how ridiculously little prison time felons actually serve in Kentucky," Sanders told The River City News. "I’m sure a lot of Covington employees and taxpayers will be disappointed and I share their sentiments. Hopefully Mr. Due will use his early release to find a job and start paying back the remainder of the restitution he still owes the city."
Due served nearly fifteen years at Covington City Hall, starting in 1999. He began his self-enriching scheme three years later.
After Due's arrest, then-Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen investigated the depth of the deception.
Due would sneak into the city building after hours and, after creating two fake vendor names, would write a check to one of those vendors, enter payment information, print the check, delete the check's history from the printer to avoid detection, change the name in the system back to the original vendor's name, and then deposit the money into a personal account.
Due was only caught when he got sloppy, RCN reported at the time.
In August of 2013, a fraudulent check was left on the printer and discovered by another employee in the finance department who did not recognize the name on it. The check was reported to Due, who was the department head, and who called it no big deal, a mis-print.
The name on that check was Due's wife's, who used her maiden name, and was unaware of the criminal activity.
When a second fraudulent check was discovered by the same employee, the same name appeared by a different vendor number was used. The check was brought to then-City Manager Larry Klein and city solicitor Frank Warnock and suspicion fell on Due.
The trusted finance director who had served multiple mayors and city managers had acted in this manner sixty-eight times for a total of $793,000 stolen from Covington City Hall.
In the months leading up to his guilty plea, Due attempted suicide twice.
Kept under supervision until his ultimate guilty plea and prison sentence of ten years, Due ultimately served less than four years for his crimes.
-Michael Monks, editor & publisher