Monarch Fire Chief accused of scamming previous employer

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office charged the chief of the Monarch Fire Protection District for allegedly scamming his employer over a three-year period.

According to prosecutors, Wayne Charles "Chuck" Marsonette was employed by Reliant Care Management Co. (RCMC) as director of safety from 2010 to June 2014. He also worked as an RCMC subsidiary, The Big Blessing Inc. (TBB), as a pilot from 2010 until December 2015. During this time, Marsonette was given a company credit card to use for business-related expenses as well as a $160 monthly stipend to cover cellphone costs.

Marsonette was hired as interim chief of the Monarch district in June 2014 and named the full-time chief in January 2015.

Between August 1, 2012 and December 29, 2015, Marsonette allegedly used the RCMC issued company credit card for personal expenses like purchasing firearms, meals, and trips to Italy, Las Vegas, and California. An audit of his credit card also revealed Marsonette kept his $160 stipend and used the company credit card to pay off his cellphone bill. He also supposedly filed expense reports for hotels, meals, and assorted retail purchases that he charged to the company card.

Prosecutors said between December 16, 2013 and July 14, 2014, Marsonette used a TBB aircraft to give flying lessons to a relative. While the company approved the use of the aircraft for flight lessons, Marsonette was told to reimburse the company for flight time and plane use. Marsonette’s relative paid over $10,000 for the lessons and flight time, but Marsonette pocketed the money and altered flight records to avoid having to reimburse TBB.

Marsonette, 46, was formally charged Tuesday with four counts of theft/stealing more than $500.