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Convention center director arrested, removed from job

John Patrick Kerr (Source: McCracken County Jail) John Patrick Kerr (Source: McCracken County Jail)
Susan Wilson (Source: McCracken County Jail) Susan Wilson (Source: McCracken County Jail)
A news conference was held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center to address the dismissal of Executive Director Patrick Kerr. (Source: Heartland News photographer Rochelle Steffen) A news conference was held at the Julian Carroll Convention Center to address the dismissal of Executive Director Patrick Kerr. (Source: Heartland News photographer Rochelle Steffen)
(Source: Heartland News photographer Rochelle Steffen) (Source: Heartland News photographer Rochelle Steffen)
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

Two people face charges in an alleged scheme to take money from the Julian Carroll Convention Center in Paducah.

John Patrick Kerr, the Executive Director at the Julian Carroll Convention Center, was arrested late Sunday night for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from the city.

Kerr has been removed from his position at the convention center.

Convention Center Corporation Chairman Jim Sigler said Kerr is accused of stealing or taking more than $200,000 using a fake vendor for website and creative services.

Sigler says this went on for at least a year.

The bank contacted the city late last week and alerted them of strange activity involving a vendor for the center. 

Paducah Police arrested Kerr and Susan Wilson.  Wilson, 52, is charged with theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more.

Paducah Police say Kerr admitted to working with Wilson to steal as much as $200,000 from the convention center.  Kerr told police it went on over the past 10 months.

Wilson is accused of pretending to be a creative services vendor, who is then accused of given Kerr a kickback.

Steve Doolittle is now the interim director of the Julian Carroll Convention Center.

When asked if the convention center expects to recoup the money, Sigler said he can't get money out of someone who doesn't have it.

The investigation is still ongoing.

The convention center was remodeled in 2009 and is one of the largest convention centers in the Heartland.

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