Davis Cooper Pleads Guilty

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

Bowling Green's former Chief Financial Officer now faces an 8-year prison sentence for embezzling more than 4-million dollars of taxpayer money.

Davis Cooper changed his plea to "guilty" today in federal court, telling the judge he began stealing city tax dollars in the mid-1980's, and now is ready to face the consequences of his actions.

He admitted to stealing more than $4-million in taxpayer money dating back to 1996, the earliest bank records available.

The former CFO would use a fake stamp to brand the checks, then deposit them in a personal account.

Prosecutors say Cooper lived a lavish lifestyle of Titans tickets and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent at stores like Dillards, Target, Wal-Mart and Sam's club.

But at the same time, city employees were going without pay raises and foregoing buying new fire-fighting equipment because the city wasn't bringing in enough revenue.

As part of his plea agreement, Cooper will pay back as much of the money as possible.

His sentencing is set for December 6th, after which the Bureau of Prisons will determine where Cooper will serve his 8 years.


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