Seriously, grocery store gift cards! Not the typical gift card scam target of smart criminals. I’m still surprised she didn’t think OMNI Home Care would notice over $300,000 in gift cards charged to the corporate card.
“An Evansville Indiana woman pleaded guilty Monday to illegally trying to obtain more than $300,000 of gift cards from Kroger supermarkets in Owensboro, Ky., the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisville announced.
Kathina Reynolds, 35, pleaded guilty to illegally using a corporate credit card in the name of OMNI Home Care Corp.
According to the indictment, Reynolds and co-defendant Charice Curtis obtained the credit card without Omni’s authority. Between May 6 and June 20, 2008, they purchased approximately $304,000 gift cards from various Kroger stores in Owensboro.
The two made arrangements in late June 2008 to pick up $265,000 of the prepaid gift cards at Kroger, where they were detained by Owensboro Police. An additional $40,000 in gift cards were recovered from Reynolds’ residence.
She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 19, 2010.”Woman Pleads Guilty to Scam $304,000 in Gift Cards From Grocery Store by Steve Rhode