COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The former Covington finance director accused of embezzling about $800,000 in city funds has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1nmZwiX) reports Bob Due apologized on Thursday for stealing the money before Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett handed down the sentence.
"With my reckless and selfless acts, I have harmed the people and institutions that I love and hold dear in my heart," Due said quietly. "The fact that I breached the public trust that they gave to me is something I can't apologize enough for."
Prosecutors had sought a 15-year sentence.
Due's lawyer said his client would fully repay the city and several people wrote letters to the judge asking for leniency.
Due pleaded guilty in March to abuse of public trust, theft by deception, unlawful access to a computer and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
A state audit found that Due wrote 68 checks to himself, family members and a fake vendor totaling $793,127 from 2001 to 2013.
During the sentencing hearing, Bartlett said he saw Due's actions "as a serious aberration of an otherwise good person's life."
Due said he used the money to help a sick relative pay medical bills and to help pay for his children to attend private universities.
Prosecutor Rob Sanders said the judge's decision was unexpected.
"I'm surprised that the Commonwealth's recommendation was not followed, I thought it was reasonable, maybe even a little too generous," Sanders said. "I'm sure there are a lot of people in Covington who don't like this outcome."
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com