An ex-employee of the Kroger store on South Church Street across from Indian Hills, has been accused of a $13,000 theft. The accused, according to a police incident report, is a former customer service manager.
The company reports the manager was taking in large amounts of coupons from a second suspected individual, scanning the coupons and then giving the secondary subject cash back. The report WGNS obtained stated, “Included in these large amounts of coupons were gift cards that the individual would load up and give to (the manager).”
During the month of December of last year, the former manager received approximately $13,000 in compensation for the coupons, according to a filed police report.
Scams like this have occurred at other stores in the past around the nation. In June of 2013, a 39-year old Pennsylvania woman was sentenced to 12-months behind bars after using coupons to help her steal over $250,000 from Walmart. In that case, the suspect cashed-in on coupons at the end of the day. At one point, the woman was taking more money than the value of the coupons she would run.
So far, an arrest has not been made in the Kroger case.
MPD Incident #14-13456
Past news story about couponing HERE