Man Arrested for Stealing $274K From Democratic Governors Association

Friday, 08 Mar 2013 10:47 PM

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Police in Nicholasville, Ky. have arrested a man and charged him with stealing $274,000 in checks given to the Democratic Governors Association.

Michael Parker, 22, worked at a check-processing company in Lexington that handled the DGA’s campaign donations, The Jessamine (County, Ky.) Journal reports. The police complaint says Parker purloined checks from July 2010 to September 2012 and stashed them into his own account at a local bank.

The DGA informed police of the embezzlement Feb. 23, sparking the investigation that led to Parker’s arrest. He was charged with theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000, a felony. He could be looking at five to 10 years in prison.

“While we cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, we have terminated our relationship with the vendor in question and are reviewing relevant procedures,” DGA spokesman Danny Kanner said in a statement.

“Once we discovered the problem, we immediately alerted law enforcement. We will continue to work closely with them in our effort to recover the funds in full.”

Nicholasville police officer Kevin Grimes said his department discussed the case with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office, but they don’t plan on getting involved.




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