Gas guzzler charged with fraud
Published 3:35 pm, Wednesday, May 20, 2015
A Massachusetts man is the second person charged by Darien police with illegally using his Ring's End employee gas card to fuel up his personal vehicle, Darien police Detective Mark Cappelli said.
Kevin Zomek, of Southwick, Mass., was charged on May 5 with three counts of illegal use of a credit card and one count of third-degree larceny, Cappelli said. He was held on $5,000 bond and was arraigned in state Superior Court on May 5.
An auditor from Ring's End came to the police station on Jan. 23 and told police he estimated that $5,872.42 had been charged to the card in question between May 2014 and that time, Cappelli said. Police believe the total that can be attributed to Zomek is between $3,600 and $5,600, Cappelli said.
Police interviewed Zomek in March and he said he'd been terminated from Ring's End Lumber for attendance reasons late last year, and admitted to fueling his personal car with the company card, but only when the van he was using was broken down, Cappelli said.
Jeffrey Lacey, of Buena Vista Road in Fairfield, was arrested last month and charged with third-degree larceny and illegal use of a credit card, according to police.
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Police discovered more than 100 charges at gas stations around the state on a Ring's End employee card they attribute to Lacey, including numerous charges at a gas station close to Lacey's home, according to police.