She could be convicted up to 20 years
FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 9, 2022) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron; Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; and Chief Spike Jones, Kenton County Police Department, jointly announced that, through their collaboration, a federal grand jury indicted Allison Donaldson, the former administrative manager for the City of Covington Public Works Department.
On September 8, 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Donaldson on four counts of Wire Fraud, under 18 USC 1343, and four counts of Aggravated Identity Theft, under18 USC 1028A.
The case was presented by Kyle Winslow, Assistant United States Attorney. Also appearing before the grand jury was Mike Shafer, an investigator with the Office of the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations and FBI Task Force Officer.
The case was investigated by Det. Andrew Kenner of the Kenton County Police Department and Leslie Broussard of the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations.
The charges in an indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty
An indictment was returned against Allison Donaldson, 49, concerning use of credit card information while she served as administrative manager for the Public Works Department from 2005 until 2022.
It alleges starting in February 2020 and continuing until February 2022, Donaldson knowingly defrauded the City of Covington by using employee credit cards, making over $150,000 in purchases for herself and her home. The purchases listed in the indictment include repairs for a Mercedes Benz, Crate & Barrel furniture, and designer counter stools.
The investigation preceding the indictments was conducted by the FBI, the Kentucky Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigation, and the Kenton County Police Department.
If found guilty, she faces up to 20 years on each count of wire fraud and up to two years, running consecutively, on each count of aggravated identity theft. In addition, Donaldson could have judgments entered for restitution and forfeiture of the property attained through the fraud.