A Richmond city employee has been arrested on a theft charge, accused of using a city fuel card to buy gas for his personal vehicle, police said.
William H. Settle, 34, an employee of the Public Works Department, was charged Wednesday with theft of $500 to $10,000, Richmond police said in a news release.
The Public Works Department alerted police Wednesday afternoon to the discovery of the fraudulent use of a city fuel card. The card was to be used only for fueling city vehicles.
The follow-up investigation revealed that a fuel card had been misappropriated and used to buy fuel from the city's fuel supplier.
It appeared the card was used to buy more than $500 worth of fuel during the past year. Settle was identified as a suspect after he was observed fueling his personal vehicle at the fuel supplier's pumps with the stolen card, according to the news release.
A short time later, Richmond police detectives confronted Settle and recovered the fuel card from him, the city said. He was then interviewed at the police station and charged. The exact amount of loss is being calculated, police Chief Larry Brock wrote in an email.
Settle was suspended from his job without pay pending a review by the Richmond City Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting.