Lisa Hutson reports: What 800k could have done for Covington, KY
Nearly $800,000 was stolen
from Covington taxpayers. The money was allegedly taken by former Finance
Director Robert Due.
FOX19 wanted to know what
that money could have paid for if it had not been stolen. If you ask Covington
taxpayers, there is no shortage of answers.
"They had all these
meetings and they didn't catch it for a decade? To me it sounds like nobody is
doing their job," says Joe Johnson, a
business owner and tax payer in Covington.
says he can list hundreds of things that could have helped his community if the
funds had not been stolen.
"$793,000? That could
of have gone for--they could have used that for incentives to bring small
businesses into Covington. Job services. I mean education. I mean there is a
thousand things. It could have went back to the tax payer. You know the people
that are earning it," says Johnson.
to www.salary.com, $793,000 could fund one year's salary for 15 Covington
police officers. That same money could pay for 19 firefighters. It is money
Johnson hopes his city will get back one way or another.
"The list goes on and
on. The big thing, what they should have done was do a much better job of
watching it. No one person should be in charge of that," says Johnson.
Since this fraud was discovered, the city
says they have hired a new Finance Director and an Assistant Finance Director
to add more oversight and supervision to the finance department. The city says
they are taking every step to make sure this never happens again.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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