WESTPORT — A Bridgeport man is facing identity theft charges after, police said, he used his employer’s credit to purchase thousands of dollars worth of goods and services.

Westport police were contacted in July 2016 by an employer who suspected a worker of stealing approximately $14,000 from him.

According to police, the employer accused had been routinely stealing from him since January 2016.

The man told police that he entrusted his personal credit card to 45-year-old employee Donald Luciano, who had worked for his company since 2014, to pay for things required for certain jobs.

Around January 2016, however, Luciano began using the credit card for his own personal use, police said.

A later investigation revealed that Luciano routinely used the credit card to purchase food at restaurants, gift cards and round-trip airline tickets to Florida, police said.

Police also learned that Luciano routinely falsified checks meant to be delivered to company clients as well. Police said Luciano would forge the clients’ names of the checks and then would take the money for himself.

On July 6, nearly a year after his employer first went to police, Luciano turned himself in to Westport police.

Luciano was charged with first-degree identity theft and second-degree larceny. He posted the $50,000 bond, and he is expected in court July 13.

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