City of Beloit worker gets 3 years in prison for theft

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Gazette staff
May 10, 2012
— A Beloit Township man was sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday for stealing nearly $900,000 from the city of Beloit for his own use and to fund a side business.

Tomothy L. Kosier, 45, had faced up to 10 years in prison for stealing city funds between 2009 and 2011. Kosier at the time was working for the city water resources department, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kosier, who was maintenance supervisor for the water department, had authority to purchase items from vendors and with two store credit cards.

Findings in an earlier federal court hearing showed Kosier used city money to buy numerous items for his own use and to supply a residential heating and cooling company that he operated as a side business while he was working for the city.

Kosier also approved payments for numerous invoices from an outside contractor, even though he knew the invoices misrepresented the scope of the work, according to the Department of Justice.

Kosier's fraudulent acts surfaced June 7, 2011, after an anonymous city employee told city officials Kosier was purchasing home improvement products for his own use with city funds.

The employee claimed Kosier used a city credit card to purchase a riding lawnmower for $2,900. City staff could not locate the mower. It later turned up on the property of one of Kosier's relatives, according to the Department of Justice.

Kosier was suspended pending an investigation. He left Wisconsin shortly after his suspension, and later was arrested in Hawaii, according to the Department of Justice.

The full scope of Kosier's thefts was discovered through an investigation by the FBI and the Beloit Police Department.

Kosier pleaded guilty in federal court on Feb. 16 to one count of stealing city funds and converting them to his own use. Kosier is also being ordered to pay restitution.

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