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Cleaning firm employee stole more than $3,500 worth of gas using company credit card, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Apr 10 2013 03:35:28 PM CDT
EAST ALLEN TWP., Pa. -

A worker who was part of a team that cleans service stations pumped more than $3,500 in gas into his own vehicles using a company credit card over a three-month period last year, officials said.

Jose Delgado-Perez illegally bought gas six times at various locations in the Bethlehem and Allentown areas using a credit card belonging to his employer, ARC Maintenance, 5940 Keystone Dr., East Allen Twp., Northampton Co., from Aug. 5 through Oct. 28, 2012, officials said.

Delgado-Perez's fraudulent use of the credit card was discovered by ARC Maintenance vice president Keith Lutz, who told police his workers are permitted to buy gas for ARC vehicles before returning to the shop at the end of a shift by using a company card and a PIN that includes part of the worker's Social Security number, officials said.

When Lutz questioned Delgado-Perez about his gas purchases in October, Delgado-Perez took off in his car, returning to the business for the last time on Oct. 25, to pick up his final paycheck, officials said.

Delgado-Perez admitted he used the company credit card to illegally purchase $3,530.49 worth of gas during an interview at state police headquarters on Jan. 23, officials said.

Delgado-Perez, 54, of 1139 East 3rd St., Bethlehem,  was arraigned early Wednesday morning on charges of access device fraud and theft by deception and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 24.