- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence city councilman has denied charges he misused campaign funds and embezzled more than $127,000 from a youth organization he founded.

Kevin Jackson pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Jackson’s attorney tells WPRI-TV his client doesn’t plan to resign from the council.

Investigators say Jackson embezzled money between 2009 and 2016 from the Providence Cobras, a youth track and field organization.

Investigators say he used the money to support his campaign during his 2014 re-election bid, and to pay for clothes, car repairs and Netflix charges.

Jackson is also accused of using $12,000 in campaign funds for personal use, including paying a state Board of Elections fine.

The Democrat resigned from his position as majority leader in May but kept his seat on the council.


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