Bloomingdales Employee Charged In Bogus Gift Card Scam

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is prosecuting a Bloomingdale’s salesperson for running a month-long bogus gift card scam that netted $34,515 from the store, says the NY Sun.

It says Bloomingdale’s sales receipts were the key element of Ms. Ng’s alleged scheme.

After a shopper made a purchase, she would regenerate the receipt. She would then make phony merchandise returns and use the credit to create the gift cards, according to the complaint. Between September 26 and October 3, Ms. Ng is said to have used 36 separate sales receipts to create the fraudulent cards.

A loss prevention officer at Bloomingdale’s informed police of Ms. Ng’s scam, and she was arrested on November 7. At the time of her arrest, police found six of the gift cards in Ms. Ng’s wallet, according to the complaint.

Ms. Ng was charged with a series of crimes at her arraignment the following day, including third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery, an official at the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

The dishonest employee could get seven years in prison for the scheme. We wonder if this person was a shopping addict like this lady.

Bloomingdale’s Saleswoman Is Prosecuted [NY Sun]