Cashier Accused Of Retail Theft At Target Admits To Crime
A Lauderhill woman is facing charges of retail theft after allegedly transferring cash collected from customers while working as a Target cashier to gift cards for her and her family’s use. According to reports, the amount taken during a one-month period was nearly $4000, and the woman has admitted to the crime.
Retail Theft – More Than Just Shoplifting
Most of the time when we think of retail theft, shoplifting comes to mind. However, retail theft can also include acts such as an employee taking money or goods from a store as well, as was allegedly the case with the Lauderhill woman. Florida Code Section 812.015 sets forth the definitions associated with these types of crimes and the penalties that can be imposed. Penalties, classifications, and charges for retail theft depend upon the amount of the theft as well as the history of the accused for these types of activities; crimes that involve the use of a weapon or that are committed along with other crimes are generally classified as higher degree crimes. In general, classifications and punishments for retail theft are:
- Property with a total value of less than $100 is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by fines of up to $500 and jail time of up to 60 days;
- Property with a total value of less than $100 but with a prior conviction for theft is a first degree misdemeanor and is punishable by fines of up to $1000 and jail time of up to one year;
- Property with a value of between $100 to $300 is a first degree misdemeanor and is punishable by fines of up to $1000 and jail time of up to one year;
- Property with a value of between $300 and $20,000 is a third degree felony and is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and prison time of up to five years;
- Property with a value of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 is a second degree felony and is punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to fifteen years;
- Property with a value of more than $100,000 is a first degree felony and is punishable by fines of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to thirty years
Along with the criminal penalties involved with these types of crimes, theft victims may also pursue various civil penalties such as reimbursement of up to three times the actual damages, court costs, and attorney’s fees.
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