Woman Pleads Guilty to Scam $304,000 in Gift Cards From Grocery Store

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.”



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