A disgraced former Wolcott firefighter faced a judge for the first time after being accused of stealing money from the city through fraudulent credit card purchases.
Jason Kordys used to serve his community as a Wolcott volunteer firefighter, and was in charge of their cadet program for young people interested in becoming fire fighters.
However, police say he used that position to allegedly steal from the community he was supposed to protect.
“Unfortunately, like any occupation, you do have bad apples in there,” said Wolcott Police Chief Edward Stephens. “The people who do know him are shocked, they're shocked that something would happen with him especially.”
Kordys had a department credit card he was supposed to use for items related to the cadet program he helped run, but earlier this year Chief Kyle Dunn observed strange activity on the card.
“The chief had noticed some discrepancies in the books of purchases being made that should not have been made,” Stephens said.
Dunn called Kordys, but after he allegedly blew off two meetings Dunn called police and suspended Kordys immediately.
Investigators found Kordys had allegedly made nearly $3,000 worth of personal purchases.
“We ended up with 180 purchases that were made for personal use that should not have been made by Jason,” Stephens said.
Investigators said the purchases included personal items from Amazon, and for tools and gas.
Court documents show Kordys eventually admitted to Chief Dunn that he made a mistake.
Dunn said, "I told Jason I believed that there was a misuse of funds and Jason replied, 'I know, I was afraid to tell you about it.' I asked him why he would do this and Jason said 'It was a bad decision.”
Kordys has been charged with larceny.
His next court date is Oct. 20.
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