PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The arrest of Providence City Council Majority Leader Kevin Jackson on Wednesday came 29 months after the R.I. Board of Elections first referred a complaint about Jackson to Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office, according to court documents.

But the State Police weren’t asked to investigate Jackson until Dec. 29, 2015, after the attorney general’s office took a closer look at the councilman’s campaign records, a complaint filed in Sixth District Court states.

Jackson, a 57-year-old Democrat, was arrested outside Providence City Hall for allegedly embezzling more than $127,000 from a taxpayer-subsidized nonprofit he founded as well as misusing $12,000 in campaign contributions. He said he intends to plead not guilty.

The timeline laid out in the court filings shows Jackson’s failure to file 30 campaign finance reports with the board between 2004 and 2011 prompted elections officials to send a complaint to the Kilmartin’s office in January 2014, but the attorney general’s office “chose not to pursue that matter further” after Jackson reached a $10,000 settlement with the board.

Amy Kempe, a spokesperson for Kilmartin, said Wednesday the board’s complaint was made to the attorney general’s civil division, but was never considered a criminal complaint. After the settlement was reached, the investigation was put on hold.

Kempe said the attorney general’s office picked up the investigation in December 2015 when it wanted to check to see whether Jackson was complying with the state’s campaign finance laws. By that point, it had been widely reported that Jackson was once again failing to file his quarterly campaign finance reports.

In the complaint, investigators say that Richard Thornton, the board’s director of campaign finance, informed the attorney general’s office that Jackson failed to file 11 campaign finance reports between 2013 and 2015, even though he appeared to accept $2,785 in campaign contributions. Thornton also told the attorney general’s office that Jackson bought a paid advertisement in East Side Monthly during his bid for reelection in 2014.

That’s when the state police moved in.

In January 2016, a search warrant was authorized for all activity related to Jackson’s campaign account, which was housed at Citizens Bank, according to the complaint. The review found that Jackson received $22,090 from individual donors and political action committees between November 2014 and May 2015. Investigators claim he also appeared to have spent more than $12,000 on personal expenses, including a $4,000 withdrawal to cover a settlement payment to the board.

The complaint states that Citizens Bank also provided the state police with bank records for the Providence Cobras youth track-and-field team, an organization Jackson founded in 1978. Investigators claim he embezzled $127,000 from the organization, using the funds on personal expenses that included the campaign advertisement in East Side Monthly.

Jackson, who has served on the City Council since 1995, was released on his own recognizance Wednesday and is expected to appear in court July 15.

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