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Massena bad-check suspect was subject of $3.1 million fraud judgment


MASSENA — The suspect in a Massena bad-check case was the subject of a $3.1 million fraud judgment in West Virginia, officials there confirmed Thursday, while St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies said he also was wanted in Tennessee in connection with an alleged $60,000 theft in that state.

Robert E. Kizziah, 51, whose address was listed as 71 Westwood Drive, Apt. 4, was arrested Tuesday by Massena police and charged with three counts of issuing a bad check after he allegedly wrote nearly $3,000 in worthless checks to pay for an apartment at Regency Apartments.

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies the same day charged Mr. Kizziah with fourth-degree grand larceny, theft of services and issuing a bad check after he allegedly rented a room at Lakeview Motel and Apartments, Louisville, for about six weeks but never paid the $2,520 he owed, again tendering a bad check.

“Guilty as charged, I did it,” Mr. Kizziah reportedly told investigators, according to court papers. “There is no excuse. I was trying to get this rectified. There was just not enough time to get that done.”

Lakeview owner Marcella A. Laramay told police that Mr. Kizziah, his wife, Tracey, and his mother, whose name was not indicated, rented unit 6 on Dec. 16. Mr. Kizziah said he was in the area to relocate his mother to a facility or apartment in Massena and would be returning to work in Texas, adding that his credit card was delayed because of move complications, Ms. Laramay said.

He later moved his wife and mother to the Westwood address while continuing to stay at Lakeview, Ms. Laramay told police, and when leaving Lakeview in January, he paid with a check that was returned because of insufficient funds.

On Wednesday, deputies charged Mr. Kizziah with being a fugitive from justice in connection with the Tennessee warrant. St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells on Thursday said he did not have any further information about that case.

Officials in Kanawha County, W.Va, confirmed Thursday that a 2006 civil case filed there ended in a $3.1 million civil judgment against Mr. Kizziah and several other people. Two West Virginia companies brought the suit, claiming Mr. Kizziah and others generated false documents to attract investment in a Florida biofuels company with which they were associated.

It was not clear Thursday whether Mr. Kizziah ever paid any of that claim.

Mr. Kizziah was committed to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, where he was being held Thursday without bail pending extradition to Tennessee.

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