A long time Adelphia employee gave evidence that company founder John Rigas and his son Timothy kept 22 cars owned by the company after the two resigned from the cable company in May 2002.

Raptis negotiated with John Rigas several times to reclaim the vehicles, and ultimately threatened to make it a police matter, he said in his second day of testimony in the fraud trial of John Rigas and two of his sons.

John Rigas, Timothy Rigas, Michael Rigas and former Adelphia executive Michael Mulcahey have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and fraud. They are accused of misleading creditors and investors and using Adelphia as “a personal piggy bank.”

Raptis, formerly an assistant to John Rigas and currently in charge of maintenance and facilities at Adelphia, is a distant cousin and an old family friend of the Rigases.

In late May or early June of 2002, Raptis approached John Rigas, saying the company would like its cars back.

“I do recall him asking for time … he had no replacement cars immediately available,” Raptis testified.

Raptis returned another day, asked for John Rigas’ cooperation, and with the help of employees retrieved 17 of the cars, he said.

“He didn’t object to the company’s retrieval efforts, but he certainly didn’t offer them back in any cooperative manner,” said Raptis.

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