29-year-old Ryan Holman’s 2015 isn’t off to a great start, as the Best Buy employee was charged with a class C felony for allegedly stealing thousands of gift cards from the Crestwood Best Buy location and customers alike, reported KMOV.
According to the report, Holman kept $28,000 in gift cards for himself, with $20,000 coming from the store and the spare $8,000 from customers, between April 2012 and October 2014. Normally, customers would earn gift cards after activating mobile phone service at the store, with customers not even aware they were eligible for gift cards.
“The customer may not even know they’re the victim of a theft,” said Detective Mike Ford.
Best Buy fired Holman and launched an internal investigation, which discovered that Holman used fraudulent mobile phone trade-in transactions, as well as fraudulent regular trade-ins, to stash the plastic.
Unsurprisingly, Best Buy condemned Holman’s alleged actions. “We are disappointed that a former employee would engage in this alleged criminal fraud,” said Best Buy in a statement. “These kinds of actions go against everything we expect from our employees and everything we stand for as a company.”