Thursday, July 3, 2008

911 chief charged with spending county money for sex pills & hotel trysts

The emergency services director of Nicholas County, West Virginia was charged in June with wrongly spending more than $500 in county money, including more than $400 in repairs to his assistant's car and $30 on a product that claims it improves male sexual performance.

Alfonso Derito Jr. purchased a $67 room at the Quality Inn hotel in Fayetteville for himself and a female co-worker using a county credit card according to criminal complaints. He turned the purchase order in to the county in March. Derito stayed at the hotel at least five times, according to the complaint.

"On at least three of these occasions, the defendant traveled to the hotel in a county registered vehicle, in the company of a female co-worker for non-work related matters," State Police Sgt. B.L. Mankins wrote in the complaint.

In October, Derito bought a $30 package of Enzyte, which claims to be a natural male enhancer, with a County Commission Wal-Mart card. "This product was purchased with other items to be used at or for the Nicholas County 911 center," Mankins wrote in the complaint. Derito didn't list the Enzyte when he completed the purchase order for the Wal-Mart trip, but he did include the cost of the pills, according to the complaint.

In April, Derito and EMS administrative assistant Robin Christie Evans took her car to a service station for repairs. Once the car was repaired, Derito told the service station owner to bill the Nicholas County Office of Emergency Services. Derito completed the purchase order for $422 in repairs the same day, according to the complaint.

Derito is charged with three felony counts of falsifying accounts. Evans is also charged with one count of falsifying accounts for the work done to her car.

Mankins said he couldn't say for sure whether Derito and Evans were in a relationship. "Both admitted to going to the hotel on at least three occasions to sit and talk," he said. (info from the Charleston Gazette)

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