The man supervising Stamford, Connecticut’s three city-owned marinas has been charged with misuse of more than $60,000 over the past three-and-a-half years.
43-year-old Sean Elumba was charged with first-degree larceny and released after posting a $50,000 court appearance bond. Stamford Police captain Richard Conklin said that Elumba “used the money to purchase fishing supplies, sunglasses, coolers, a gas grill, a global position map, clothing and other personal items.”
“He was trying to say these expenses were somehow tied to his activities as marina supervisor. And it did not appear that there was a deep level of camouflage to the expenses,” Conklin said, adding that Elumba cooperated with investigators looking into his spending.
Accounts in the Stamford Advocate indicate that Elumba’s criminal defense attorney, Christian Young, said many of the items purchase could have had a dual purpose, items that could have been used for his job or his personal life. The attorney told the paper Elumba conceded that he was going through a dark time in his life and admitted making errors in judgement and he has since made a recovery.
Just a week before the city asked police to look into the spending matter, Elumba was charged with patronizing an 18-year old prostitute. He has pleaded not guilty to that charge.
In a news release issued late Monday afternoon, Mayor David Martin said: “A city employee stealing taxpayer money is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. When his superiors first brought their concern to our attention, the employee was put on administrative leave. Disciplinary proceedings will be pursued and he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”