Embattled Providence councilman has failed to file last two campaign reports

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Providence city councilman who is already facing criminal charges related to campaign finance violations has failed to file his last two fundraising reports with the R.I. Board of Elections, Target 12 has learned.

Kevin Jackson, a 58-year-old Democrat who has represented Ward 3 on the city’s East Side since 1995, has asked for an extension to file a quarterly campaign finance report that was due by midnight Monday, according to Richard Thornton, the board’s director of campaign finance. Thornton said Jackson also hasn’t filed a report that was due May 2.

Jackson was indicted by a statewide grand jury last month on two counts of unlawful appropriation, one count of embezzlement, one count of filing a false document with a government entity, and one count of personal use of his campaign fund. Two of the charges are related to an investigation into how he handled money at a youth sports organization he co-founded in 1978.

Reached Tuesday, Artin Coloian, Jackson’s attorney, confirmed the councilman plans to seek an extension on both of the past-due filings. Coloian declined to comment on whether Jackson intends to seek re-election in 2018.

“He has diligently served his constituents for over 20 years and he intends to complete his term,” Coloian said.

Jackson has a long history of failing to file campaign reports. In February 2014, he entered into a $10,000 settlement agreement with the Board of Elections for his previous failure to file campaign finance reports between 2010 and 2013. In February he filed 12 more past-due reports following a Target 12 investigation into his campaign spending.

Thornton said Jackson still owes the board $30,337 in fines for filing late reports. The board fines those who fail to file campaign finance reports $25 per late report and $2 per day for failing to respond to a “notice of non-compliance.”

Jackson’s indictment last month followed his arrest on the same charges in May.

Jackson is accused of using $12,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including apparel, health care, cash withdrawals and paying a fine to the Board of Elections. Prosecutors also claim Jackson embezzled $127,153 from the Providence Cobras youth track-and-field team, an organization that received more than $67,000 in taxpayer-funded city donations between 2005 and 2015.

Investigators claim Jackson used the organization’s money to fund campaign-related expenses, including an advertisement in a local magazine during his 2014 reelection bid. He is also accused of using the Cobras’ money on apparel, car repairs and monthly Netflix charges.

Jackson is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court on Aug. 10.

Continue the discussion on FacebookDan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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