Amount of theft from Stamford marina fund revised upward to $93K

March 15, 2019

STAMFORD — An audit has found that the former marina supervisor who pleaded guilty to stealing $60,600 worth of items from the city to fuel a drug habit actually took 50 percent more than that.

And the city can’t sell the boat former Marina Supervisor Sean Elumba gave up as restitution until it is repaired, members of the Board of Finance learned Monday night.

The city’s internal auditor, Teresa Viscariello, told the board she found “new losses” of nearly $33,000, bringing the total amount of the theft to roughly $93,600. She found the losses by taking the audit back over five years instead of the three years she originally planned to investigate, Viscariello said.

Elumba, a Stamford resident, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of first-degree larceny for the thefts. In September a judge gave him an eight-year suspended sentence and four years probation with no jail time. But he had to give up his 26-foot Regulator center-console fishing boat with two 225-horsepower outboard engines as restitution.

Elumba admitted he used city accounts to purchase items he then sold. He had access to accounts set up with certain vendors for purchasing materials needed to repair the municipal marinas. He admitted to buying items not needed for the marinas then selling them for cash.

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