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Providence city councilman arrested for embezzlement

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.



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