By Kevin Deutsch
A man was arrested for using a fraudulent scheme to rip off his employer for nearly $2,500, with the help of two colleagues, court records show.
Tyreck Skipper, 21, of Lauderdale Lakes, is charged with fraudulently obtaining property under $20,000 by using an illegal reimbursement scheme at his workplace, Old Time Pottery, 4021 W. Commercial Boulevard, according to an arrest affidavit filed by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Between January 2021 and January 2022, Skipper was caught eight times on the store’s surveillance footage refunding his bank card with money he never spent, stealing a total of $2,439.45, according to the records.
He had help from two other colleagues who were in on the scam, deputies said. One named in the records.
Tamarac Talk is withholding the man’s name because it is unclear whether he has been criminally charged.
According to the affidavit, investigators learned about the illicit scheme from an Old Time Pottery district manager who reported the fraud to BSO.
During a recorded interview with a BSO detective, Skipper said he’d had several conversations with one of his accomplices “about making more money,” the affidavit states.
“[Skipper] stated he knew how to conduct refunded transactions and showed [the accomplice].”
Both men would take their own credit cards, along with that of the other accomplice, “to refund the value of an item located in the warehouse,” the court records allege.
Skipper said that if the transaction was completed on his own credit card, he’d give one of the accomplices a cut of the money, and vice versa, BSO detectives allege.
Skipper was booked into the Broward Main Jail and freed on a $5,000 bond, records show.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.