Police: Plainville man ran up $8K electric bill in wife's name

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:26


PLAINVILLE - A Plainville man has been accused of using a Texas woman’s identity and racking up an electricity bill of nearly $8,000.

Phillip King, 40, of 7 Sheridan Court, allegedly transferred an account in his estranged wife’s name to his new home in 2012, after the couple split, and had been using it ever since, according to the arrest warrant.

He has been charged with third-degree larceny and second-degree identity theft.

The woman went to police in Arlington, Texas, in October, after being contacted by a collection agency that told her she owed $7,877 for electric service to King’s home. On at least one occasion, police wrote, King’s girlfriend used her credit card to make a payment on the account.

When police spoke to the girlfriend, the warrant said, she told them she didn’t know the couple’s bill was in King’s estranged wife’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.

King told police, the warrant said, that he “kind of knew what he was doing was wrong, but he wasn’t positive it was illegal.”

Due to the statute of limitations, police said, King can’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 nonsurety bond, was charged last month and arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. The case was continued to March 21.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:26. Updated: Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:28.