Teen employee allegedly scams almost $ 1 million from Gwinnett Kroger over 2-week period

Duluth, Ga. A 19-year-old employee at a Kroger in Gwinnett County was allegedly able to scam $980,000 from the store before being arrested on Jan. 14, 2021. Tre Brown was arrested by white collar detectives after he allegedly created false returns between December and January at the Kroger on Steve Reynold Blvd. where he was employed.

According to a press release from Gwinnett County Police Department, detectives believe that Brown was able to create more than 40 returns for non-existent items and put them on several credit cards. The returns ranged in price from $75 to over $87,000.  In total, he was able to steal more than $980,000 during a two-week time period. Corporate employees from Kroger noticed the transactions and contacted the police.

According to GCPD, Brown is believed to have purchased clothes, guns, shoes, and two vehicles with the money. Before being arrested, Brown totaled one of the vehicles. A large sum of the money was returned following his arrest.

Brown was arrested on Jan. 14, 2021 and was released the same day on $11,200 Bond. He is charged with felony theft by taking. (Editor’s Note: An arrest or charge does not constitute a conviction.)

Case Number:  21-000851  

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