PLAINVILLE - A Plainville man has been accused of using a Texas womanâ€™s identity for a utility account and racking up a bill of nearly $8,000.
Phillip King, 40, of 7 Sheridan Court, allegedly transferred an account in his estranged wifeâ€™s name to his new home in 2012, when the couple split, and had been using it ever since, according to the arrest warrant in the case. He is facing charges of third-degree larceny and second-degree identity theft.
The complainant in the case went to police in October in Arlington, Texas, after being contacted by a collection agency that said she owed a $7,877 electricity bill for Kingâ€™s home. On at least one occasion, police wrote in the warrant, Kingâ€™s girlfriend used her credit card to make a payment on the account.
When police spoke to Kingâ€™s girlfriend, the warrant said, she told police she didnâ€™t know the coupleâ€™s electric bill was in Kingâ€™s estranged wifeâ€™s name.
King told police he had his utility accounts transferred to his new home after his wife left him in 2012, according to the warrant. The electric bill was in her name and the gas bill was in his name.
King told police, the warrant said, that he â€śkind of knew what he was doing was wrong, but he wasnâ€™t positive it was illegal.â€ť
Because of the statute of limitations, police said King canâ€™t be prosecuted for $1,490 worth of the bill, as those charges occurred more than five years ago.
King, who is free on a $7,500 non-surety bond, was charged last month and arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. The case was continued to March 21.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.