Stamford marina supervisor arrested for misappropriating over $60K
STAMFORD — Police have charged the man supervising the city’s three marinas with misappropriating $60,000 over the past three and a half years.
Capt. Richard Conklin said Sean Elumba, 43, of Stamford, was charged with first-degree larceny and released after posting a $50,000 court appearance bond.
The arrest stems from a complaint to police of allegedly questionable spending of city money by Elumba. Property crimes investigator Heather Bozenkto headed up the probe into Elumba, who supervised the city owned Czescik and Cove Island marinas. The marina at Cummings Park is closed.
Conklin said Bozenkto found that he allegedly misspent $60,662 between 2015 and 2018.
“He used the money to purchase fishing supplies, sunglasses, coolers, a gas grill, a global positioning map, clothing and other personal items,” Conklin said. Right around the same time the complaint was made about Elumba, the neglected state of the docks at the marinas became known to the Board of Representatives.
At same the time, Harbormaster Eric Knott said repairs being made to the broken- down docks during a stretch of spring weather in April were a long time coming.
Elumba’s criminal defense attorney Christian Young said that he has not seen the warrant, but there were a number of items that Elumba purchased that could have had a dual purpose, that is to say items that could have been used for his job or in his personal life.
Young said that Elumba was given a budget from the city each year and that he was encouraged to spend it all to ensure that those in charge of budgeting would be less inclined to set aside money for the next year.
Young said that Elumba conceded that he was going through a dark time in his life and he has since made a recovery.
Young said that Elumba admitted making errors in judgment and the amount of money misappropriated is open for review.
About a week before the city asked police to look into his spending, Elumba was charged with patronizing an 18-year-old prostitute in Ansonia. Elumba has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Conklin said that Elumba cooperated with the investigators looking into his spending.
“He was trying to say these expenses were somehow tied to his activities as marina supervisor. And it did not appear that there was a deep level of camouflage to the expenses. Once you started looking over this, it was pretty transparent,” Conklin said.
Conklin said that Elumba had lines of credit set up with various businessmen and store owners to pay for expenses related to the marinas.