Dec 6, 2012 9:19 AM
WALTON (AP) - A northern Kentucky mayor has pleaded not guilty to abusing public trust in relation to his job as manager of the Boone County Water District.
Phil Trzop, who has been suspended from that position, also serves as mayor of Walton.
Police said they arrested him on Nov. 16 after he scrapped metal from the utility and allegedly kept some and gave some to employees as Christmas bonuses. Police say about $34,000 worth of metal was scrapped, but only $24,000 has been accounted for.
Attorney Burr Travis, who is representing Trzop, told the Kentucky Enquirer that his client did not receive any personal benefit from scrapping the metal.
Travis waived the case during a hearing on Tuesday to the grand jury, which could take up the case next week.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com
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