WOMAN ENTERS PLEA IN FRAUDULANT INK RETURN CASE

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WOMAN ENTERS PLEA IN FRAUDULANT INK RETURN CASE

 user 2010-03-29 at 11:09:07 am Views: 53
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    http://www.wctrib.com/event/article/id/65181/
    WOMAN ENTERS PLEA IN FRAUDULANT INK RETURN
    CASE

    Kelly Marie Lipinski, 41, of Willmar,
    pleaded guilty Friday to two felony theft charges for making almost
    $5,800 in false ink cartridge returns at a local office supply store
    Under
    a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, another
    felony theft charge will be dismissed. She will be sentenced April
    26.The charges were filed in September after Office Max loss prevention
    personnel contacted Willmar Police 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 re-inventoried because they are usually opened
    when returned. 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 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 provided a
    written admission to 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.