An employee of a Carbondale company allegedly charged nearly $90,000 in personal expenses before quitting in December.
Anthony Millage, 33, of Lakewood, was an assistant to the president of Churchill Group, a company that deals in real estate. He has been charged with six counts of unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and one count of identity theft. According to a witness statement included in the arrest affidavit, company officials became suspicious near the end of last year. When confronted with the incongruities, Millage allegedly left an envelope with the card inside and “I quit” written on it.
“Upon inspection, I discovered Mr. Millage had been paying the card the bare limit as not to raise an alarm and paying his personal expenses with company money,” the statement read.
According to the affidavit, questionable charges ranging from fast food, groceries and liquor, to online transactions, date back to April 2011 and peak in 2012, with more than $5,000 charged in August 2012 alone. In 2013, he reportedly obtained a card under his own name, despite having previously been told to use his boss’s card for corporate expenses.
Millage is also accused of charging more than $800 in fuel to a company account, and was reported as filling up three vehicles in one day.
Another employee on the account, meanwhile, reported being unable to use the card due to it being constantly maxed out. The Churchill Group estimates that Millage cost the company nearly $5,000 in interest and fees alone.
Following internal investigation, Millage allegedly offered to pay $5,000 in damages and was set to begin payments in February. After moving to the Front Range, he called the Carbondale Police Department on several occasions to see if there were any outstanding warrants for his arrest. A warrant was finally issued on April 9. Millage was booked on April 19 and released on a $1,000 bond.