Plattus denies credit card fraud charge

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Transaction related to work with Main Street, according to police

By Tom Wilmoth

Dan Plattus, who had been serving as interim executive director of Bedford Main Street, has been charged with credit card fraud, according to Bedford Police Chief Jim Day.

    According to Day, on February 2, the Bedford Police Department received a complaint from a local business regarding suspicious credit card charges.  Investigators reviewed documents supplied by the business and interviewed the suspect. 
    As a result of the investigation and subsequent review with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Daniel A. Plattus, 46 of Bedford, was charged with one count of credit card fraud.  The warrant was served on Plattus on February 23 at the magistrate’s office. Plattus was released. 
    The charge that was made included one transaction, according to Day.
    Day said the charge is related to Plattus’s work with Bedford Main Street, Inc., but that organization did not bring the information to police.
    Plattus said he looks forward to showing through the court system that he is innocent of the charges.
    “I have been accused of a single count of credit card fraud,” Plattus said. “I  will have my opportunity in court to show that this is false. These accusations were erroneously brought forth via an ex business partner of a business I used to own. At no time did I misappropriate any funds, or use any monies belonging to anyone, Bedford Main Street, or the city of Bedford.”
    Plattus said he chose to resign his position as executive director.
    “When I volunteered to take this position two and a half years ago I truly believed I could rally the merchants of Centertown Bedford and bring more people downtown to shop, dine, and explore,” he said. “I sincerely appreciate the funding of the Main Street program, and the confidence of the City Council toward that goal. I am just not sure it can be done, at least, I am sure that I cannot accomplish it. In addition, a conflict of interest was recently introduced when an ex business partner and ex wife’s husband were voted on to my Board of Directors.”
    Plattus stressed his innocence.
    “The accusation is false, and the legal process will show that I have done nothing illegal, immoral, or wrong in any way,” he said. “My only regret is that my children will have to endure the undue harassment and teasing from their peers in the community. Please be kind, and let the courts do what they do. Neither my children, nor I, deserve to be tried in the gossip vacuum of Bedford.”
    The investigation is continuing and additional charges could be filed, according to Day.