[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 04/04/20]
LEESBURG, Florida — A Leesburg woman has bonded out of jail after admitting to stealing around $2,000 in fraudulent refunds from her employer.
Leesburg Police responded to Lowe’s, 9540 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg in reference to a fraud investigation involving an employee March 25, according to an arrest affidavit. A corporate investigator for the home improvement store told police a cashier, Chelci Elizabeth Dixon had conducted 50 fraudulent refunds between December 2019 and March 2020.
The investigator told police Dixon would make purchases using her Lowe’s credit card or a Lowe’s gift card and make a return by issuing herself a credit on her credit card or a gift card, but would fail to return the items to the store.
Dixon, 27, was confronted about the fraudulent activity and admitted it in a written statement for the corporate investigator, according to the affidavit. The investigator provided police with a list of transactions and photos showing Dixon performing the fraud. When question by police Dixon “appeared extremely upset and apologetic,” and told police she was going through a financial hardship. She admitted the crimes to police and was charged with grand theft and scheming to defraud.
She was released from the Lake County Jail on $4,000 bond.
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