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Ex-employee used account

Posted: September 8, 2015 - 11:12pm  |  Updated: September 9, 2015 - 12:45am

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

 

Ex-employee used account

The owner of a Grovetown area auto repair business called authorities Thursday after discovering a former employee used his business account at several stores.

The business owner said his shop foreman resigned June 29 and has since charged auto parts and supplies to his business account at three local parts stores. A salesperson from the Advanced Auto store on Washington Road called the owner and said the former employee came into the store Sept. 1 wearing the company work shirt and said he was again working for the business. He charged $160.04 worth of parts to the company account.

The owner said he wasn’t aware of the fraud until the salesperson called. He then contacted his commercial account manager, who discovered that the former employee had charged $23.72 on Aug. 16 and $193.45 to the business account at Advanced Auto stores in Augusta. The manager of the store on Lumpkin Road said he has a video showing the former employee buying and leaving with the parts. He’s charged a total of $377.42 to the business account without permission.

The owner said he called his former employee hoping to mediate a resolution before calling authorities. The former employee told his former employer to contact his attorney.

A deputy couldn’t reach the former employee, but the case was also sent to Richmond County investigators since some of the incidents happened in Augusta.

 

Man recognizes scam

A Grovetown man said Thursday that he recognized a potential buyer of his boat was a fraud.

The 42-year-old man said he put his boat up for sale through the Iwanta sale paper. He received a response from a man who identified himself as Ethan from California. He offered to pay the man more than his $1,700 asking price.

The man received a $5,000 check from the potential buyer, who said the extra money was to pay to ship the boat.

Because he was suspicious of the check, the man took it to his bank and a teller confirmed the check was fraudulent.

 

Woman sent money to man she met online

A Martinez woman called authorities last week after realizing the man she’d sent thousands of dollars to was a fraud.

The woman said she met a men who identified himself as Wesley Edward online.

She’d been communicating with the man for several months. During that time, she said the man asked her to send him money to help him pay things off so he could visit her.

In less than four months, the woman sent him $17,000. The man said he’d pay her back once he was able to raise the money.

The woman looked up the man online and realized she might have been scammed. A deputy tried to call the man, but no one answered.

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