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Providence city councilman indicted on embezzlement charges

A Providence city councilman has been indicted on charges he misused campaign funds and embezzled more than $127,000 from a youth organization he founded.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Kevin Jackson was indicted Wednesday on two counts of unlawful appropriation, one count of embezzlement and related crimes.

Prosecutors say Jackson unlawfully appropriated campaign finance contributions and used them for personal use between October 2014 and July 2015. He's also accused of filing false campaign finance reports with the state Board of Elections.

Investigators allege Jackson embezzled $127,153 from the Providence Cobras, a youth track and field organization, between 2009 and 2016.

Jackson's attorney declined to comment on the charges.

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



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