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Bob Due pleads guilty to stealing nearly $800,000 from Covington

COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) -- Former Covington finance director, Bob Due, changed his plea to guilty Thursday, to all 15 counts listed in his indictment. He used his position to steal nearly $800,000 from the city over several years. 

Due manipulated the city's financial software to write checks to himself and make it look like he was paying legitimate vendors. Kentucky's state auditor says controls meant to protect the city were weak, easily manipulated or just not there.

Covington has sued Due, some of his family members and a whole list of software vendors and banks in hopes of recovering some of the money that was taken. According to the audit done by the state, Due wrote 37 of the phony checks to his wife and elderly aunt. They were apparently unaware of what he was doing and not part of the scheme.

The question is what did Bob Due do with the money. "Mr. Due has denied a gambling problem, he's denied a drug problem, he's denied any other sort of addictions that might account for where this money went. So the long story short is no, he hasn't explained to us where all of the cash went. so we've been able to trace some of it but not all of it," says Kenton County Commonwealth's attorney Rob Sanders.

The plea agreement is for 15 years in prison. Due's attorney can argue for ten years at his sentencing April 17.

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