A cashier at a Rego Park Toys “R” Us store was caught using a coupon code scheme to score $56,000 in free merchandise, District Attorney Richard Brown said.
The employee, Shontia Jones, 24, of Far Rockaway, is accused of stealing the goods while working at the Toys “R” Us store in the Rego Center mall between June and December of this year.
She would create coupon codes, which are given by customer service representatives to customers who are unsatisfied with a purchases, and use them to buy items on the store’s website, according to the district attorney.
Jones shipped more than $45,000 worth of products to her Far Rockaway home, and an additional $10,000 worth of items were shipped to her sister’s residence, also in Far Rockaway, Brown said.
Some of the products included baby formula, Disney Frozen toys, Xbox games, baby clothes, disposable diapers, Hot Wheels, beverages and board games. Jones still had most of the items in her possession and had given away the rest to family members, rather than sell them.
She was eventually caught when an internal investigation by Toys “R” Us found that an unusual amount of coupon codes had been created at the Rego Park store, according to court records.
Jones was arraigned on Tuesday on charges of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and falsifying business records. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.