Long-Time Walmart Employee Charged With Stealing $240K From Store Over Two-Year Period

Occasionally, Consumerist reports on some less than perfect Walmart employees: the man arrested for stealing cash from a customer and food from the company’s deli, or the woman who allegedly stole $10,000 in cash and gift cards while working as a cashier. While those incidents are indeed bad, they pale in comparison to a long-time employee of the nation’s largest retailer who allegedly stole nearly $250,000 from her employer.

WFAA in Tennessee reports that a 50-year-old employee of a local Walmart store faces charges of theft after she allegedly stole more than $240,000 between January 2013 and October 2014.

According to local police officials, the 33-year employee of the retailer pocketed the funds by creating fake returns while working in the company’s cash department.

The woman told police that she was unsure when she began stealing from the store, but that it started with small amounts, taking $50 here or there, WFAA reports.

She says that when it became obvious that no one noticed the discrepancies, she began to be more brazen, stealing up to $8,000 a day.

Eventually, the store managers did catch on and interviewed the woman in October 2014. She admitted to several thefts from the cash office and was fired. The store then passed the case on to local police.

Police report that in her statement the woman said she stole the money to pay for bills and help care for her elderly parents.

Walmart employee accused of stealing nearly $240K [WFAA]