BRISTOL - A city man has pleaded not guilty to using a former employerâ€™s company credit card to make fraudulent charges.
Richard Kaczmarczyk, 52, of 26 Jennings Road, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where he was appointed a public defender to represent him.
During the hearing, Kaczmarczyk pleaded not guilty to one count of third-degree larceny, five counts each of illegal use of a credit card and receiving money or goods by illegal use of a credit card. His case was continued to Jan. 19.
Kaczmarczyk was arrested by state police on Nov. 29. According to the arrest warrant, his former employer, Hop River Concrete, a construction company based in Columbia, filed a complaint with investigators on June 13.
A representative with the company said Kaczmarczyk was fired on May 19. After that, he allegedly used the company credit card to make numerous fraudulent purchases of tools, totaling $3,607.
Someone from Hop River found out about the purchases after being notified that the credit card balance was over its limit. The representative from the company told police that even if the purchases were made before Kaczmarczyk was fired, as a job surveyor he would not have been reimbursed for tools because Hop River supplied them.
When police spoke to Kaczmarczyk, he denied making any purchases with Hop River Constructionâ€™s credit card. However, to avoid any issues, he offered to pay the company back for the fraudulent charges, according to the warrant.
A representative from the construction company still decided to press charges.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.