After an e-commerce center in Melbourne summoned police to investigate fraudulent purchases allegedly made through a company computer, police arrested a 22-year-old female employee. The investigation resulted in accusations that she had bought merchandise valued at over $4,000 with fake credit accounts.
She worked in customer service at the company located at 915 Babcock St. According to the police report, she allegedly set up false accounts and used them to apply for credit. Investigators claimed that she completed seven fraudulent purchases between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10. Her shopping activities appeared to have taken place at the online fashion companies Gilt Groupe and Rue LaLa. The woman told investigators that she had no accomplices, but she used the names and addresses of eight relatives and friends for merchandise deliveries.
After being taken into custody, she was held at the Brevard County Jail Complex in Sharpes. She must appear in court to respond to multiple criminal charges that include depositing an item to defraud others, committing fraud with a computer, taking property for false personation and scheming to defraud.
Many details can influence the severity and quantity of charges made against a person accused of white-collar crimes. A person facing accusations of stealing at work or defrauding people might want the personal attention of Orlando, Florida, white-collar crimes defense lawyers. A consultation with a lawyer may provide information about the strength of the evidence and what to expect in court. While representing the person at trial or during a plea negotiation, a lawyer might question the validity of evidence and strive to prevent a felony conviction.
Source: Florida Today, “Melbourne customer service worker suspected of creating fake accounts, shopping for $4,000 in designer goods“, J.D. Gallop, Dec. 27, 2018