A Providence city councilman has been arraigned on charges he misused campaign funds and embezzled more than $127,000 from a youth organization he founded.
Kevin Jackson was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment Wednesday.
The 57-year-old Jackson is charged with felony embezzlement, unlawful appropriation over $1,000 and related crimes.
Investigators say Jackson misappropriated $12,074 in campaign contributions for his personal use and has embezzled $127,153 from the Providence Cobras, a youth track and field organization, since 2009.
The embezzlement and unlawful appropriation charges each carry a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Jackson's attorney, Artin Coloian, says Jackson will get a vigorous defense.
The Democrat is majority leader and was first elected to the Providence City Council in 1995.
He represents the city's Hope and Mount Hope neighborhoods.