Richmond city employee accused of theft

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A Richmond city employee was arrested and charged with theft after police say he used a misappropriated fuel card to put gas in his personal vehicle.

Richmond Police said their investigation began Wednesday afternoon. They said the Richmond Public Works Department told them someone had been fraudulently using a misappropriated city fuel card to buy gas for a vehicle that wasn't one of theirs. As investigators looked into the case, they said they found that someone had used that card to buy more than $500 worth of fuel from the city's fuel supplier over the past year.

Police said someone saw Public Works employee William Settle using that card to put gas into his personal vehicle at the city supplier pumps. They said detectives confronted Settle, found the misappropriated card, and interviewed him at the police station. They arrested him, charging him with theft by unlawful taking $500-$10,000. A Richmond Police officer wrote in the arrest citation that Settle admitted using a city fuel card multiple times over the past year to put gas in his personal vehicle.

Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes said Settle was suspended from city position until further review. He said this was the first time he was aware of that anyone had been accused of something like this.

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