Teenage Best Buy employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –A West Michigan teenager is accused of deceiving the Best Buy she worked for out of thousands of dollars. Court records show 19-year-old JoHanna Taylor has since plead guilty to an embezzlement charge.

Grand Rapids Police say Taylor worked at the service desk at the Best Buy on East Beltline Avenue.

Investigators say the scheme included merchandise, gift cards and cash. They say Taylor would send the merchandise to family and friends as gifts.

Police say Taylor would have things shipped to her home after ordering them online, then at the store would work the computers to change the cost to zero, and investigators say she did it several times.

The teen would also use other people’s computers and log in information, making it harder to track.  They say it started in December of last year and continued until May. Investigators say she has been very cooperative.

Taylor was originally charged with embezzlement of $20,000 to $50,000 but last month court records show she pleaded guilty to embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000.

She is set to be sentenced next month.

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  • Er1c S

    why in the hell did that let her settle for such a small range? To encourage other lazy ass kids to steal 20K which mess up the overall price of our electronics … as long as they “come clean” once they are caught red handed??!?!?

    I cannot figure out who is a bigger enabling idiot these days. The average parent … or the average judge.

  • Bill Krupar

    Imagine all that intelligence this woman had to set up this scheme ?
    Could you imagine if she applied it to a technological job, lets say computers?
    where were her parents when all the electronic showed up at her house?
    Where was BB and all their surveillance?
    Funny thing is, this woman refused to allow m,e to return ear buds that failed to work after the 30 day expiration for returns. Rot in jail, lady!!

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