Bob Due's wife given access to funds for living expenses

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - The City of Covington wants to make sure there's a close eye on former Covington Finance Director Bob Due's money.

The city was granted a temporary restraining order Friday against Due, which froze his assets in an effort to keep him from getting rid of them.

Due, 63, is accused of misappropriating $600,000 or more in funds from the city of a period of at least seven years.

The city also filed a 47-page lawsuit against the former finance director, his wife, Janet Patterson, banks, accountants and others seeking recovery of the funds -- although Due has been the only one charged.

During a civil hearing Tuesday regarding the frozen assets, a judge upheld the restraining order but allowed Patterson to access some of the funds to pay for reasonable and necessary bills, including household and living expenses.

The lawsuit states that Bob Due, "...intentionally and recklessly misdirected proceeds, monies and assets belonging to Plaintiff Covington." Court documents outline what Due allegedly spent the money on, including a 2005 Honda Civic, a 2012 Mazda 3i sedan and a 2009 Toyota RAV4.

Additionally, the funds were allegedly used on his home in Independence.

"I realize the public is always interested when we're talking about public corruption and theft, and what's the bottom line? What dollar figure are we talking about? The bottom line is here no one knows and is certain. Anything right now is no more than a guess," Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders told FOX19.

City Manager Larry Klein was advised about the alleged theft of funds by employees. Soon after, Due was interrogated and arrested.

He was suspended from his position until Covington City Commissioners voted unanimously to fire Due. Commissioners also voted to form a task force to review current procedures, recover all misappropriated funds and recommend changes to the city's finance department.

Residents and city officials have also requested the state auditor come and take a closer look at the city's records.

Last Thursday, emergency crews responded to Due's home after police said he tried to take his own life. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood for treatment.

During a criminal hearing on Tuesday, Sanders addressed where Due will stay once out of the hospital. Prior to the incident, Due was being electronically monitored.

"We don't want to see anyone harm themselves. The court's interested in it, as is the Commonwealth. We don't want anything bad to happen to any defendant. We just want them to be safe in the community to be safe from them," added Sanders.

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