Worker stole thousands from Wal-Mart, police say

Gabriel Leiner

A Worcester man working at the Wal-Mart in Framingham was arrested on charges he bilked the store out of thousands of dollars, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said police Sgt. Michael Esposito arrested Isabel Omar Leiva, 24, of 71 Southgate St., Apt. 2, Worcester, on the charge of larceny over $250.

Leiva was arrested Thursday at 4:40 p.m. at Wal-Mart, 121 Worcester Road, after store security saw him using a computer register to scan discarded receipts from customers and credit himself with refunds, Shastany said.

Leiva had been crediting himself with receipts from customers since February and had amassed more than $11,000 worth of store credit, the lieutenant said.

The scam worked, police said, because Leiva "was an employee authorized to use the computer system at registers."

On Thursday alone, Leiva scanned 10 receipts and was able to credit himself with $601 in gift cards and another $105 in cash, police said.

The largest item Leiva bought from the store using gift cards was a 47-inch plasma television, police said.

Police said they were unsure when Leiva began working at Wal-Mart.

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