Dunkin’ Donuts Worker Made Up A Fake Employee To Collect Their Paychecks
29-year-old Markia Nelson, who works at the franchise’s Largo location, hired the fake employee on May 15.
From May 16 up until this past Saturday in July, Nelson was keeping up the image that the employee was showing up for work every day — clocking in and out for them and logging a total of 235 hours, according to an arrest report obtained by the outlet.
The “employee” earned $8.65 an hour and brought in total of $1,610.84 over the past couple of months. Nelson direct deposited all of the funds into her account, admitting that she used the extra money for her “life expenses.”
The company that owns the franchise location was tipped off to the scam and ended up launchinf its own investigation, according to reports from FOX 13. Once word of the scam reached the Pinellas Park Police Department, it was pretty much an open-and-shut case.
Nelson ended up being arrested on Monday.
“The employee never actually showed up to do any work, and when they researched the employee’s clock-in and clock-out times, they saw that it was her inputting it each time,” Pinellas Park police Sgt. Lonnie Lancto told the outlet. Nelson has so far only been charged with grand theft, but could face other charges, including identity theft. “She had the information [for the phony worker] who she said … was a friend of hers, so the information for the person was an actual person,” the sergeant told the outlet.