Teenage Best Buy employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

Posted at 4:46 PM, Aug 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-20 21:04:16-04

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.