Local News
4:35 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Barth Placed Under Stricter Bond Rules

A federal judge has placed tougher bond restrictions on former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth.

Barth was sentenced last month to 41 months in prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity. He was given up to 60 days to report to prison.

The new bond restrictions were imposed after prosecutors learned that Barth failed to report recent real estate transactions, including the sale of a Florida condo, that would have affected his ability to make restitution prior to his sentencing.

Barth said at his November 19 sentencing that he was still awaiting the sale of his Louisville hometo pay back the money.

Barth must now post a $100,000 bond, report all expenditures of more than $10,000 and won’t be allowed to travel outside the court’s jurisdiction, the Western District of Kentucky, without permission.

Barth pleaded guilty last summer to using funds from the Crusade and the fire department for personal expenses, including vacations, tax bills and membership in a Corvette Club.

The Courier-Journal reports the restrictions were imposed during a telephone hearing today.