Former Administrative Manager for Covington Public Works Department in Kenton County, Kentucky Sentenced for Federal Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

COVINGTON, KY – On Friday, September 8, 2023, the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky reported that the former administrative manager for the City of Covington Public Works Department, Allison Donaldson, 50, was sentenced Friday, by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, to 42 months in prison, following her convictions for federal wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to her plea agreement, Donaldson was employed as an administrative manager for the Public Works Department, from 2005 until 2022, and had access to credit card information for the department.  Her plea agreement established that, between February 2020 and continuing until February 2022, Donaldson knowingly defrauded the City of Covington, by using employee credit cards and making over $100,000 in purchases for herself and her home.  Some of the purchases listed in the plea agreement include repairs for a Mercedes Benz, a Louis Vuitton agenda, a Chanel tote, Crate & Barrel furniture, and a remodel to her master bedroom and garage.

Under federal law, Donaldson must serve 85 percent of her prison sentence.  Following her release from prison, she will then be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Brian Jones, Acting Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; Daniel Cameron, Kentucky Attorney General; and Spike Jones, Chief of the Kenton County Police Department, jointly announced the sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Kenton County Police Department.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Winslow.

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