Former councilman pleads no contest to embezzlement charges

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A judge accepted a plea from ousted Providence city councilman Kevin Jackson.

Jackson, now 60 years old, pled no contest to the charges against him. He was indicted in July of 2016 on charges he embezzled more than $127,000 dollars from the Providence Cobras, a non-profit youth track-and-field team he founded.

Prosecutors also claim Jackson, who represented Providence’s Ward 3 for 22 years, misused campaign funds.

He has previously denied the charges, but voters ultimately decided to oust him from his seat.

Last year, he turned down a plea deal that included prison time and restitution.

He’s now facing a maximum of 3 years in prison for those charges, which include embezzlement and unlawful appropriation.

Jackson is due back in court in December for sentencing and a restitution hearing to decide how much he owes the Board of Elections and the Providence Cobras.

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