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Former Stamford marina director avoids jail for stealing $60K

September 28, 2018

STAMFORD — A former marina director will avoid jail time, but will give up his boat as compensation for the $60,000 he was accused of stealing from the city.

Sean Elumba, 43, of Stamford, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of first-degree larceny this week. Judge Gary White gave him an eight-year suspended sentence and four years probation with no jail time.

However, Elumba has one week to turn over his 26-foot Regulator center console fishing boat with two 225-horsepower outboard engines as restitution for the $60,000 worth of items he wrongly charged to his city credit card.

“It was the true recognition of his heartfelt remorse and desire to make full restorative efforts to give back something to the city better than what they currently have to those he was working with,” Elumba’s attorney Christian Young said.

Young said his client had been an upstanding public servant before suffering a drug addiction.

“I want to express my appreciation to the prosecutor’s office for addressing the needs of the city and community while also helping a guy suffering from drug abuse issues and help him pursue a course of healing and recovery,” Young said.

As part of his plea agreement, Elumba is prohibited from ever working for the city.

Stamford State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo said the boat was worth what Elumba owes the city. A representative from the city approved the plea agreement and restitution deal.

Elumba will have a felony on his record. If he violates his probation, he could be sent to jail to serve all or part of the eight-year suspended sentence.

According to Elumba’s arrest affidavit, the misappropriation of city accounts was discovered in March after his supervisor, Parks and Facilities Manager Kevin Murray, became concerned about his job performance. He was repeatedly late for work and had used all his leave time for the year, the affidavit states. Murray also heard about Elumba’s arrest that month in Ansonia on a charge of patronizing a prostitute, the affidavit states.

Elumba admitted having a drug addiction and said he was seeking help when Murray confronted him about his job performance, the affidavit said.

Murray examined Elumba’s work history and discovered purchases on his credit account for items the city wouldn’t authorize, the affidavit states. The list included expensive lighting equipment and an air conditioner used on boats, the affidavit states.

Murray called police to report 89 suspicious invoices for 127 purchases that appeared to be fraudulent.

Property crimes investigator Heather Bozenkto led the probe into Elumba, who supervised the city-owned Czescik and Cove Island marinas.

Bozenkto found that he misspent $60,662 between 2015 and this year.

Elumba used the money to purchase fishing supplies, sunglasses, coolers, a gas grill, a global positioning map, clothing and other personal items, according to his arrest affidavit.

Elumba was twice arrested before Stamford hired him in 2013.

In 2010, Stamford police charged him with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, interfering with an officer, evading responsibility and creating a public disturbance.

Elumba was also charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance in 2011 in Harrison, N.Y.

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com

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