Cumberland Township man sentenced for misusing company credit card

Brian Kozy walks with his lawyer, Michael Aubele, after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in February on a charge that he used his former company’s credit card to make more than $118,000 in purchases.

A Cumberland Township man who recently pleaded guilty to using his former employer’s company credit card to spend about $118,000 on lottery tickets and gift cards last year, was sentenced Thursday to 9 months to 23 months in Greene County Jail, followed by five years of probation.

State police arrested Brian Roy Kozy, 33, in February. They said a severe gambling addiction drove Kozy to use the credit card from Aug. 22, 2015, when he lost his job as a tanker truck driver for 1st Choice Energy Services of Ohio, until early January to make purchases totaling $118,074.

After Kozy was laid off from his job in August, his former supervisor went to pick up the tanker truck Kozy used, along with keys and a cellphone, and later realized a credit card was missing. The company audited the card’s account in January and found $118,074 in purchases were made, surprising company officials because truck drivers were not permitted to use the business credit card for personal expenses.

Police wrote in court documents that Kozy admitted he “got carried away” and became addicted to buying lottery tickets and “went extremely overboard” with the credit card. He allegedly told police he did not realize he had spent more than $100,000 with the card.

Kozy pleaded guilty to access device fraud and was ordered by Greene County Judge Lou Dayich to pay back the $118,074 by making $300 monthly payments for the first year, and $500 per month after that.

“The court recognizes that the monthly payment plan is not such that restitution will be paid in full prior to the expiration of the defendant’s sentence,” Dayich wrote in his order. “However, it is critical that the defendant make monthly payments.”

Dayich wrote that “the court is convinced that the defendant has an issue as it relates to gambling,” and he ordered him to stay away from casinos or other gambling establishments during the time of his sentence.

“In addition, the defendant shall engage in no gambling-related conduct, or games of chance,” Dayich wrote in his order. “This is a special and specific provision of the defendant’s continuing supervision.”

During his time of incarceration, Kozy will have work-release privileges. According to court documents, he is employed at both Fort Mason Machinery Shop and Advance Auto, but jail officials will determine what qualifies for work release and how many hours he will be allowed to work.

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