Jackson, former Providence councilman, sentenced to 10 years, 1.5 years to serve

PROVIDENCE – Former Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson was sentenced to 10 years, with one and a half years to serve and the remainder suspended with probation, for campaign finance violations and embezzlement from the Providence Cobras Track Club, R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced Wednesday.

Jackson was sentenced in Superior Court. He will also be required to pay $105,042 in restitution related to embezzlement from the track club, $12,074 in restitution for misuse of campaign funds and a $1,000 fine.

Jackson had previously pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful appropriation over $1,000, one count of embezzlement and fraudulent conversion over $100, one count of giving a false document to a public official, and one count of violation of campaign contribution and expenditures reporting.

Had the case proceeded to trial, the state was prepared to prove Jackson used campaign money and funds from his nonprofit track club for personal expenses, including at restaurants, retail stores, for automobile repairs, and used nonprofit funds for political campaign purchases.

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“Kevin Jackson used both his campaign account and the Cobras account as his personal piggy bank. He violated the trust of his constituents, and in some ways worse, used the reputation of the Providence Cobras Track Club, an organization created to provide inner-city youth with the opportunity to participate in and compete at a high level, to further his lavish lifestyle,” said Kilmartin in a statement.

Jackson represented Ward 3 from 1995 until he was recalled in 2017.

Jackson will serve in the minimum-security facility of the Adult Correctional Institutions, with leave for employment purposes only. His wages will be split between restitution and the cost of this incarceration.