Mon December 3, 2012
Paul Barth Bond Hearing Set For This Week
A hearing will be held this week in U.S. District Court on the bond conditions set for Paul Barth, the former McMahan Fire Chief who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity.
Prosecutors requested the hearing after Barth did not disclose two real estate transactions that could have impacted his ability to pay restitution.
Barth was sentenced last month to more than three years in prison for money laundering, mail fraud and other offenses. He told the court at his sentencing that he would not be able to make restitution until he sold his Louisville home. His attorney says Barth intended to have the money at the time but the closing of the sale fell through at the last minute.
But prosecutors have since learned that Barth had recently sold a Florida condo for more than $470,000 and then bought a second home in Louisville for some $266,000 in cash.
A telephone hearing will be held Tuesday afternoon to discuss the conditions of Barth’s bond. The Courier-Journal reports that prosecutors also want federal judge John Heyburn to order an investigation into Barth’s finances.
Barth was given 45-60 days from the date of his sentencing to report to federal prison.