Teenage Kroger employee ‘stole nearly $1million from the store’: Georgia man is accused of cashing in fake receipts before buying guns and cars with the money
- Tre Brown, 19, is accused of pocketing $980,000 by ‘returning’ fictitious items
- He is alleged to have made more than 40 fake transactions in space of two weeks
- Investigators claim he used the money to buy two cars, one of which he crashed
Tre Brown, pictured, is accused of scamming a Kroger store out of nearly $1million
A teenager got a job at a Kroger store and stole nearly $1million in the space of two weeks before using it to buy clothes, guns and cars, police say.
Tre Brown, 19, is accused of pocketing around $980,000 by pretending to cash in returned items which investigators claim had never existed.
Kroger employees noticed the alleged scam and Brown was arrested after crashing one of the two vehicles which authorities say he had bought with the money.
Detectives in Gwinnett County, Georgia claim that Brown made more than 40 fake transactions after he was hired at the grocery store in December.
The returns ranged in price from $75 to more than $87,000 and the money was transferred to several credit cards, police say.
Police believe he started with smaller transactions and became more ambitious as he ‘continued to get away with it’.
‘This person who was stealing decided to go real big,’ police corporal Collin Flynn said, according to Fox5.
‘This employee was essentially creating fake items. Taking those items and returning them to a credit card he had and just making up prices for those items,’ he said.
‘It seems like this is a rare case where things snuck through the cracks and the person was able to get away with a large amount of money in a short period of time.’
Brown is said to have splashed the money on ‘clothes, guns, shoes, and two vehicles’, one of which was totaled before his arrest.
A ‘large sum of the money was returned’ after Brown was arrested, the police department said, without specifying exactly how much.
Brown is charged with theft by taking, which lawyers say is likely to be deemed a felony under Georgia law if more than $500 is at stake.
If found guilty, he could face a prison sentence between one and ten years.
Brown is said to have worked at this Kroger store in Georgia and stolen $980,000 in the space of two weeks before being arrested