Scamming Season is still in full effect! A Home Depot employee has been arrested for swapping $387,500 of the store’s cash with counterfeit money.
Adrian Jean Pineda, who worked as a vault associate in the Tempe, Arizona store, was responsible for preparing cash from the registers for bank deposits.
His duties included counting the cash and sealing cash bags to be transferred and deposited at a Wells Fargo bank.
According to the U.S. Secret Service, Pineda was taking money from the deposits and replacing it with counterfeit money during his shifts.
Between January 2018 and January 2022, Home Depot reported losing $387,500 due to receiving counterfeit notes in their cash deposits.
Secret Services agents arrested Adrian Jean Pineda on Monday and seized $5,000 in counterfeit money and $5,300 in genuine cash.
After conducting a search warrant on his home, agents recovered an additional $22,000 in genuine currency.
Pineda has been charged with uttering of counterfeit U.S. currency.
I hope Adrian stashed some money to cover his attorney fees, bail, and restitution.
Source: NBC News