WOMAN FACES THEFT CHARGES OVER FALSE INK-CARTRIDGE RETURNS

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WOMAN FACES THEFT CHARGES OVER FALSE INK-CARTRIDGE RETURNS

 user 2009-11-17 at 10:32:50 am Views: 56
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    http://www.wctrib.com/event/article/id/59764/group/News/
    WOMAN FACES THEFT CHARGES OVER FALSE
    INK-CARTRIDGE RETURNS

    WILLMAR — A
    41-year-old Willmar woman made her first court appearance Tuesday on
    three felony theft charges for allegedly making almost $5,800 in false
    ink cartridge returns at a local office supply store. Kelly Marie
    Lipinski was released on her personal recognizance and ordered to have
    no contact with the Office Max store or employees.Her next court
    appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Jan. 11.According to
    the complaint, Office Max loss prevention personnel contacted Willmar
    Police in September and reported there were an unusually high number of
    returns of cash refunds at the local store and recorded as made by
    Lipinski.

    The majority of the sales were for ink cartridges,
    which typically were not reinventoried because they are usually opened
    when returned. The Office Max officials had tracked down a customer who
    had purportedly made a return, logged by Lipinski. The person denied
    making the return. The officials had already interviewed Lipinski, who
    allegedly admitted to making the false returns, then taking cash refunds
    at the end of her shift.She reported the theft was of $3,682.04 on 44
    returns this year, and about $4,800 last year, She had given a written
    admission to the store officials.Lipinski was interviewed by police and
    explained she had looked up the electronic receipts in the store’s
    computer, picked cash transactions, entered a refund and then took the
    cash at the end of her shift.The total theft was for $5,776.67 from July
    2008 to August 2009