QUEEN CREEK — Coty Allen Stokes was arrested Feb. 3 for using his ex-employer’s fuel card 28 times after he left the company.
Stokes, 36, of Queen Creek was arrested and charged with 28 counts each of theft, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card and fraudulent schemes. His charges were later consolidated by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office from the initial 112 counts down to separate counts of theft of a credit card.
“Coty (Stokes) was reported by his employer Entrec (Cranes & Heavy Haul) to have made unauthorized use of the company fuel card ... after his employment had ended,” a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office probable cause statement reads. “Entrec provided fuel card transcripts totaling approximately $1,500 in approximately 28 purchases over the course of eight months.”
Stokes is also accused of using the card in Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix and Buckeye more than 30 other times and spending in excess of $2,000. The additional charges are outside of Pinal County.
“Upon deputies making contact with Coty, he admitted to the fraudulent use of the Entrec credit card. ... Coty admitted his usage was wrong and he did it out of being disgruntled about his treatment at Entrec. Coty alleged he was owed money by Entrec but he made no reasonable effort to recoup money he supposed he lost,” deputies wrote in a probable cause statement.
Stokes was released on his own recognizance and is required to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on Feb. 21.
Entrec Cranes & Heavy Haul is a national company with offices in Colorado, Texas and North Dakota.