A former employee is facing multiple charges for allegedly buying personal items with a company credit card, said Westport Police.
Police began an investigation on Wednesday, March 6 into Jaiman Shah based on a complaint made by his former employer that he allegedly used American Express points from a company credit card to make over $16,500 in personal purchases, according to the Westport Police Department.
That investigation reportedly resulted in an arrest warrant being drafted and granted for Shah in which he was charged with second-degree larceny, credit card theft, and receipt of goods by illegal use of a credit card, said police.
Shah had been previously arrested by the Westport Police Department for those charges on Monday, June 17, and at that time had posted a court-set $50,000 bond, according to police.
While investigating this original complaint, the investigating officer was again contacted by the victim on Sunday, March 10, reporting that upon researching further into Shah’s activities while employed at the company, additional alleged acts of fraud were discovered, said Westport Police.
In one of these alleged instances, Shah had used a combination of rewards points as well as American Express credit to make personal purchases from Amazon.com totaling $367.44, said police.
For this incident, an arrest warrant was sought and granted charging Shah with sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft, and receiving goods obtained by the illegal use of a credit card, according to the Westport Police Department.
Bond for these charges was court-set at $50,000.00, police said.
Also reported by the victim’s employer was another act of embezzlement allegedly perpetrated by Shah, according to police.
In this case, again Shah is accused of using this same company credit card without authorization to make a purchase of $3923.99 under the guise that it was a legitimate piece of computer equipment needed by the company, however, he had done so allegedly using a fraudulent eBay account over which he had control, police said.
Search warrants for records from both eBay and PayPal reportedly confirmed that this purchase was fraudulent, that a nonexistent item had been purchased from an eBay account over which Shah had control, and that the funds for the purchase were received from a PayPal account over which Shah also had control, according to Westport Police.
For this incident, an arrest warrant was sought and granted for Shah charging him with second-degree larceny (by embezzlement); third-degree larceny (by embezzlement); and receiving goods obtained by the illegal use of a credit card, police said.
Bond for these charges was court-set at $75,000 according to the Westport Police Department.
On Friday, Aug. 9 Jaiman Shah turned himself into police headquarters on these two outstanding warrants for his arrest held by the Westport Police Department, they said.
Shah was able to post these bonds totaling $125,000, according to police.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges at Norwalk Superior Court Monday morning, Aug. 19, police said.
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