WALTON, Ky. - The case against the mayor of Walton, Ky., is set to head back to a Northern Kentucky courtroom Wednesday morning after a grand jury indicted him for allegations that he pocketed money from the Boone County Water District.
Phil Trzop, who is still listed as the city's mayor on its website, is scheduled to have a pre-trial hearing Wednesday after he was charged with abuse of public trust after allegedly stealing from taxpayers while he was in the role.
In February, a grand jury indicted the former Boone County Water District Manager.
Investigators say Trzop sold scrap metal acquired during water line repairs and then kept some of the profits.
The water district sold more than $30,000 in scrap metal over the past three years — money that should have been put in Boone County's general fund. Deputies said Trzop used much of the money to pay his employees Christmas bonuses, however, $10,000 was unaccounted for until Trzop confessed to have some of it at his home.
While Trzop is still the mayor of Walton, he was suspended without pay from his role as Boone County Water District manager.
If convicted, Trzop faces five to 10 years in prison.
Trzop's hearing is set to begin in a Boone County courtroom at 9 a.m.
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