Former Covington finance director Robert Due pleaded guilty Thursday in Kenton Circuit Court to 15 charges in connection with him stealing almost $800,000 in taxpayer money for more than a decade and forging documents.
Due will be sentenced April 17. Prosecutors will recommend that he spend a total of 15 years in prison.
A Kenton County grand jury indicted Due on 15 counts, including charges that he stole the city's money for 11 years and forged documents. He had previously pleaded not guilty.
State auditors reviewed more than 66,000 checks, unveiling a scheme that allowed the former finance director to write 68 checks to himself, his spouse, his aunt and a vendor under his control totaling $793,127 from 2001 to 2013, Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen's office said last month.
The city has a new finance director and has taken other steps to overhaul its finance department, including hiring an assistant finance director (a new position) and an internal auditor.