Near Toulouse, an Ikea employee allegedly embezzled €130,000 worth of gift cards
A 30-year-old man was arrested and taken into custody by the gendarmes of Muret (Haute-Garonne), near Toulouse. He is suspected of having defrauded his ex-employer, the Ikea brand in Roques-sur-Garonne, using stolen gift cards, reports The Midi Dispatch Thursday, April 28, 2022.
A computer flaw
According to our colleagues, this after-sales service employee would have set up a well-established system: thanks to a flaw detected in the company’s computer system, he would have generated gift cards and credit notes, sometimes for amounts Very important.
The 30-year-old would have used the vouchers for his own account, to remunerate craftsmen under the cloak, would have resold or given them to relatives. Eleven people who supplied this scam were also arrested, the daily said.
It was a cashier who gave the alert last January, intrigued by the behavior of a customer with several gift cards. Since the complaint filed by Ikea, the employee in question has resigned. Released by the courts, he will be summoned to court in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, the searches granted to his home resulted in the seizure of furniture and two vehicles, for a total amount of €100,000. The damage for the store is revealed at €130,000.