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Convention bureau employee accused of embezzling millions

November 23, 2018

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The former finance director of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau has been arrested on charges she embezzled $3.84 million from the agency.

Bridget Johnson, former director of finance for meetNKY, was arrested on Nov. 16.

In a statement released by meetNKY, board chairman Jack Brandt said that the board is “immensely disappointed.”

The Kentucky Enquirer reports on Sept. 26 meetNKY’s bank alerted the organization about suspicious electronic transfers.

Law enforcement officials believe that Johnson created fraudulent invoices on behalf of several bogus vendors and then paid more than $3 million to these vendors over the course of about 16 months. They say it happened from May 2017 to September, and Johnson took action to cover up these activities from the organization.

Covington police say Johnson, 58, deleted the transactions that she presented to the board. She is charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition $1,000,000 or more, abuse of public trust greater than $100,000 and unlawful access to computer first degree.

″(Johnson) allegedly exploited her position and leveraged our internal processes and safeguards we had in place for her personal gain by allegedly stealing organizational funds and betraying our trust,” Brandt said in a statement.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said charges against additional defendants are possible and that the investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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