A 43-year-old Racine man is facing charges after he charged gas on a Caledonia company’s credit card for more than a year.
Emilio Zuniga Velasquez was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Friday with one count of identity theft for financial gain and one count of theft of more than $5,000 from a business setting. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On May 9, Caledonia police officers were called to after an employee there noticed illegal charges on a company credit card issued to employees to fuel vehicles. Officers discovered 100 illegal charges to the card totaling $7,632 dating back to March 2011.
Police went back to the business on Tuesday and showed a foreman surveillance footage of one of the transactions and identified the culprit as Zuniga Velasquez. He said Zuniga Velasquez was a good worker but had been complaining about money issues.
Officers went back to the business to arrest Zuniga Velasquez and he immediately admitted to the theft, saying he didn’t think the company the size of Milaeger’s would notice the charges for gas and he wanted to repay them for the gas.
He’s currently being held in Racine County Jail on a $5,000 signature bond.