Eagle Bend man charged with fraud

Jason Dirk Motl, 44, Eagle Bend, was charged with one felony count of fraud by using a financial transaction card without authorization.

On Aug. 10, The Rice Police Department received information that Motl, a former employee of a Rice business, had used a company credit card to buy 200 gallons of fuel for his personal use. The $789.81 in diesel fuel was bought in Motley Aug. 7.

The owner of the business told the police Motl had no reason to be in Motley with a company vehicle. It was later learned through video tapes the diesel fuel was put into a tank in the box of a pickup truck by two heavyset men. The business owner said he did not own a pickup like the one described and that he believed it was Motl’s personal vehicle.

The Rice police officer contacted Motl Aug. 10, and told him it was believed he used the gas card for his personal use. Motl allegedly said he did use the card and that he put the fuel into his friend’s truck because he owed his friend money. According to the criminal complaint, he also told the officer that he believed he could use the card for whatever fuel he needed, since the owner of the business gave it to him.

The business owner made it clear he did not authorize the purchase of the fuel.

If convicted, Motl faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.