Paintsville mayor found guilty of misusing city funds

Staff Report

LONDON — Paintsville Mayor Robert Porter has been found guilty of misappropriating property and city resources by not paying for utilities.

A federal jury in London convicted 69-year-old Porter on Tuesday on two counts of theft of federal funds and one count of bribery.

A grand jury had indicted Porter and former Paintsville Utilities Commission general manager Larry Herald in December.

Evidence presented at trial showed Porter, with Herald’s help, didn’t pay for utilities on homes he owned from 2009 until 2012, totaling more than $7,000.

The evidence also revealed Porter used thousands of dollars in city and federal funds to pay personal expenses and used a city vehicle for personal trips.

Herald pleaded guilty in April. Porter is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Staff Report

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