Two dozen Walmart employees face embezzlement charges. The workers, employed at a Palm Desert Walmart store, worked together to defraud the company.
According to investigators, the employees used coupon codes to load gift cards with money. Then, they used the gift cards to make purchases at their own store and other stores throughout Southern California. In all, investigators identified more than 1,000 criminal transactions. Employees used the gift cards to purchase a wide range of goods, including groceries and electronics.
The company’s internal investigators tipped police to the possible scam. The investigators identified 24 suspects. Twenty-two of the conspirators were Walmart employees. The group faces theft and conspiracy charges. Investigators have also recovered some of the stolen merchandise. According to investigators, the suspicious transactions took place between September 7 and September 18, 2017. Police did not disclose the value of the merchandise in involved, except to say that it exceeded $25,000.
Ventura Embezzlement Attorney
When you face grand theft charges, hire an experienced embezzlement attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes embezzlement cases in Ventura County and also throughout Southern California.
Embezzlement is a crime of financial opportunity. Some people believe that embezzlement only involves the theft of cash. They do not realize that the theft of goods can also be considered embezzlement.
As a defense attorney, Mr. Helfend’s first priority will be to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. If that’s not possible, he will work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. That could include a plea to a lesser offense, restitution or an alternative sentencing program.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney or one who won’t fight aggressively for your freedom. Instead, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County embezzlement case.
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