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8:18 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Feds: Barth Misled Court About Financial Status

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville says former McMahan Fire Chief Paul Barth failed to disclose two real estate transactions that would have affected his ability to pay back some $200,000 he embezzled from the Crusade for Children charity and the fire district.

At his sentencing hearing Monday , Barth said he was unable to make restitution until he sold his Louisville home. He was given until the close of business Wednesday to pay the money or sign an agreement under which the government would collect on the sale of the property.

But U.S. Attorney David Hale says Barth failed to tell the court that he had sold a condominium he owned in Florida in September and bought another home in Louisville the following month.

The Courier-Journal reports the Florida property sold for more than $470,000.

The transactions took place well after Barth pleaded guilty to multiple counts in June. He was sentenced this week to 41 months in federal prison and ordered to repay the money he stole.

Hale says it’s “deplorable” that Barth "put his personal interest ahead of those of his victims."

Barth’s attorney tells the Courier-Journal that his client intended to have the restitution money at his sentencing Monday, but the closing on his Louisville home fell through.

Hale is asking for a court hearing in light of the new information. Barth must report to prison within 60 days.