NEW YORK The former vice
president of a Houston electrical contracting firm has been
accused of stealing more than $300,000 in copper scrap from the
Fred Eugene Kuhn, 56, was
arrested for allegedly engaging in an overordering scheme while
employed at Houston-based KenMor Electric Co. LP, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Chicago-based Heico Cos. LLC, according to
Sgt. Michael McGinty of the Houston Police Departments
Metal Theft division.
Starting in January 2012, Kuhn
began shipping loads of copper scrap to a recycling facility
about an hour outside of Houston, according to McGinty. Kuhn,
who identified himself as an employee of KenMor, allegedly told
the facility that the copper was being generated at a job site
operated by KenMor. Over the course of the next year, Kuhn
allegedly received more than $300,000 in cash payments from the
"(Heico) contacted us because of
some suspicious activity at a construction job for the new
ExxonMobil complex north of Houston," McGinty told
AMM. "Things were not adding up at the site. They
eventually learned that excess amounts of copperbeyond
what the specs of the job called forwere being ordered,
cut at the job site and then sent to a scrapyard for
Heico subsequently launched an
internal investigation, which eventually uncovered Kuhns
"After being confronted by Heico
investigators in February 2013, Kuhn confessed to the crimes
and was fired on the spot, at which point we began gathering
evidence to acquire an arrest warrant," McGinty said.
Kuhn, who has been charged with
a first-degree felony, remains in custody on $500,000 bond.
Representatives from KenMor
declined to comment. Calls to Heico were not returned.