Dunkin’ Donuts manager allegedly creates fake employee and keeps paychecks for self

Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office/Bing Image

FLORIDA – A Dunkin’ Donuts manger was apprehended for the hiring of a fabricated employee and keeping the paychecks the pretend worker had received for herself.

29-year-old Markia Nelson, who worked at the franchise’s location in Pinellas County, hired a counterfeit employee on Wednesday, May 15th.

From the dates of May 16th to May 19th Nelson preformed time punched to indicate the fake employee had been arriving at the business and working a total of 235 hours according to the arrest report, that would equal out to be almost 79 hours for 3 days.

The false employee was earning the rate of pay of $8.65 an hour, bring the amount of the paycheck to $1,610.84, after taxes. Nelson placed all of the funds into her account via direct deposit, according to the arrest report she admitted she used the money for “life expenses.”

Markia Nelson
Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

The company that owns this particular location was alerted to the fraud and opened an investigation into the matter. When information was received by the Pinellas Park Police they stated it was an open and shut case.

According to the report, Nelson was arrested on a Monday and was charged with grand theft. Nelson is facing the possibility of being charged with other crimes as well, including identity theft, she was held in the Pinellas County Jail and she has since been released.

“The employee never actually showed up to do any work, and when they researched the employee’s clock-in and clock-out times, they saw that it was her inputting it each time,” Pinellas Park police Sgt. Lonnie Lancto stated, “She had the information [for the phony worker] who she said … was a friend of hers, so the information for the person was an actual person.”

Nelson refused to comment.

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