Man allegedly charges $4,000 on company card without consent [UPDATED]Published 9:53am Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Updated 11:55am Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Jeffrey Robert Kampsula, 45, of Henning, was charged in Otter Tail County District Court with felony credit card fraud after using it 48 times for a total of $4,040.80.
He was previously employed with Comstock Construction but was let go June 25, for failing to show up for work, according to court records. A Comstock employee noticed a credit card was missing after being billed for unauthorized charges, dating back to July.
Security video from several businesses, including the Oasis in Ottertail, Lakeway Market in Fergus Falls and Bigfoot Gas and Grocery in Vining, showed a man, driving either a pickup with a trailer, a Pathfinder or a GMC pickup fueling at the gas pumps.
The video from the Oasis showed a pickup and trailer pull up to the pump and a male with a yellow jacket fueling the pickup. The transaction was for $89.
In early December, a sheriff’s detective conducted a search of Kampsula’s home and saw a pickup and trailer that matched the video. Inside the pickup was a yellow jacket with Comstock printed on it.
Video from Big Foot Gas and Grocery showed the card was used in September for items totaling $65.02 and again in early November for $75.
During questioning, Kampsula said he had taken the card prior to leaving employment with Comstock. He removed it from his wallet and gave it to the officer.
Kampsula is in jail for a series of thefts involving old cars, vehicle parts, tools and trailers in eastern Otter Tail County.