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COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) -

Charged with stealing more than $600,000 in city funds, former Covington Financial Director Bob Due appeared in court Wednesday for the first time since being arrested.

Police say Due, 63, tried to take his own life at his Independence home last week. He was immediately taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Edgewood for treatment.

Upon his release from the hospital, Kenton County District Court Judge Douglas Grothaus wanted to make sure Due is stable enough to carry out his home incarceration.

Judge Grothaus spoke directly to Due, saying, "Trust me, I know personally the pain that is caused by a loved one committing suicide."

Due's attorney Tim Schneider said his client is now mentally stable.

"I have those concerns, the last thing that I want is that there is any potential that this man may harm himself. He seems to me to have the right frame of mind," Schneider told the judge.

"They have assured me that he is in a much better place than he was mentally and hopefully that won't be a problem," Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders told FOX19.

The only time Due spoke was when the judge asked him if he had any family that was going to be living with him, to which he answered, "Yes, my son, and I have other children that will be looking in and stopping by time to time."

Sanders says it could be months before they are ready to go to the grand jury with the case.

"In this instance, we have a really big forensic accounting process to go to find just how much money is missing from the City of Covington," he explained.

According to Schneider, Due is going through medical treatments at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, including an outpatient therapy program.

Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelin announced Thursday his office will assist in the theft investigation. Edelin plans to work with the City of Covington to identify all embezzled funds.

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