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Man arrested for not paying gasoline bill

April 12, 2013
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer (kkuba@theintermountain.com) , The Inter-Mountain

A Fairmont man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly failing to make payments on an account he established six months ago at an Elkins gas station.

William Bradford Witek, 43, was charged with obtaining money, property or services under false pretenses, a felony, after he didn't pay a gasoline bill of nearly $2,000 to the owner of the Sunoco Service Station on Randolph Avenue, Chris See.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, See, a Randolph County Commissioner, filed a complaint with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police on March 6. In the complaint, See alleged that Witek had opened a charge account at the Sunoco Station to be used by Fox's Pizza Den drivers when they needed to refuel.

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See told the investigating officer, Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener, that Witek owed $1,889.76 on the account and hadn't paid any of it despite the fact that See had sent him multiple bills dating back to November 2012, the complaint states.

See provided Hevener with documentation supporting his complaint, submitting a nine-page document containing copies of all the receipts. From the information, Hevener ascertained that 37 gas transactions from Oct. 15, 2012 through Nov. 5, 2012 totaling $1,889.76 had been charged to the account.

Magistrate George M. Riggleman set bond at $10,000 personal recognizance, and Witek is free on bond.

The penalty for a conviction of obtaining money, property or services under false pretenses is imprisonment in the state penitentiary for one to 10 years, or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in the regional jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500.

According to published reports, Witek was arrested in March by authorities in Cabell County, where he was charged with felony fraudulent schemes. Bond was $50,000.

Witek allegedly failed to pay a production company for a Bret Michaels performance at the Whiskey Rocks bar in Huntington in March 2012.

Police said Witek gave the company a check for $18,850, but the check was returned due to insufficient funds.

Contact Katie Kuba by email at kkuba@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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