The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Sprint Account Executive Admits Fraud
A former account executive for Sprint pled guilty in federal court last month to charges that he defrauded the company of $145,00 in mobile phones. According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal the executive, over a two-year period, ordered hundreds of cell phones for his customers but instead sold them on eBay. Many customers were charged 99 cents on their bills for their phones.
Walmart Gift Card Phone Fraud in Ohio
A man last month scammed an Ohio Walmart out of $11,000 by posing as a company IT rep and asking a store employee to read him gift card authorization codes over the phone. According to the website Storefront Backtalk, the phone call began at 1 AM and lasted several hours.
Pawnshop Proprietors Arrested
Police in the Rochester, N.Y., area arrested three men in a widespread fraud that took place over many years, and spread merchandise to several locations including a pawnshop. According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the merchandise included appliances, gift cards, electronics and jewelry. Several retail outlets, including Home Depot and Walmart, assisted with the investigation.