Thursday, April 13, 2006
That's Just Wrong: Credit
It seems like a cut and dry case. A salesman confesses to stealing 12 thousand dollars worth of merchandise from his previous employer... But the state attorney won't prosecute him. His former bosses now tell us That's Just Wrong.
WSVN--You know how there are some people who tend to watch life go by?
Well, Darin and Jon aren't those people.
Darin Diner: "It all just came together very very quickly and we've really been very blessed and fortunate and we went from a small store to doubling our size in just a couple of years."
A few years ago when they decided to make a change, they opened Bottoms And Tops clothing store in Wilton Manors.
Darin Diner: "I think the hardest part of the business is finding people you can trust."
And up until recently, they would give their employees the shirt off their back.
That is until they found out one salesman was making purchases with a stolen credit card.
Darin Diner: "That he had taken this gentleman's credit card."
Over nine months, the salesman charged over 12-thousand dollars in merchandise.
And he would have gotten away with it except the card holder disputed the charges and American Express took the money back.
Darin Diner: "Took out 12-thousand dollars overnight from our bank account."
Now, Darin and Jon know fashion may change but the law is the law.
So when they filed a report with police - and their former salesman confessed - they assumed he would be trading in his expensive threads for an orange jumpsuit.
Darin Diner: "Gave a full taped confession admitting that he had used someone elses credit card over this nine month period."
But instead, the salesman returned a fraction of their merchandise.
Jon Anthony: "This is probably 15-hundred dollars. He brought back the lesser expensive. The items that he didn't really want."
And despite the confession the state attorney told the shop owners he didn't have enough evidence to go forward with the case.
Now, Darin and Jon say that's just wrong.
Darin Diner: "This guy is walking the streets, he has thousand upon thousands of dollars worth of our stuff that we worked very hard to try to sell. He just stole out from underneath our noses and he's never going to have to pay for it."
Craig Stevens: "When Seven News contacted Wilton Manors police, they told us they are still investigating the case.
When we called the state attorney, then said they had never closed the case and have always been looking at prosecuting.
Jon Anthony: "I do believe that once the news station got in touch with them it definitely put things in a more forward motion. Which we're very happy about."
But they'll be even happier if charges are pressed and justice is served.
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