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Home Depot Employees Charged with Embezzlement


At least three Madison Home Depot employees have been arrested for embezzlement. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 30-year-old Leunta Friar, 69-year-old Everette Pennock, and 57-year-old Mark Patchin are facing charges associated with alleged embezzlement at the Home Depot store in Madison. Apparently, a law enforcement agency was contacted about an internal investigation that was conducted by the loss prevention and fraud departments of the Home Depot store.

Fraudulent Customer Sales

These three men have been arrested in connection with what are believed to be fraudulent customer sales orders. Although very few details about the case have been released, we do know that store officials suspect that other people who were not employed by the store may have also been involved. They think that fraudulent sales were made, and some of the stolen items were even returned for cash. Initial reports indicate that the alleged embezzlement may have been going on as early as February 2014. Approximately $133,000 worth of merchandise and cash was involved. Since this investigation is ongoing, law enforcement officers expect there to be additional charges and arrests.

White Collar Crime in Jackson

Although these cases aren’t quite as sensational or high profile as some of the bigger news headlines, white-collar crimes like embezzlement and fraud can carry serious penalties for people who are convicted. Since so much of the outcome of these cases is dependent on research, paper trials, and accounting, it’s essential to have a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side who has successful experience defending the rights of those accused of white-collar crime.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Lawyer

After any type of arrest, it’s critical to exercise your right to remain silent and contact your attorney as soon as possible. Depending upon the charges involved, people who have been charged with certain types of white-collar crime could be facing extensive prison sentences and seriously heavy fines.

If you or somebody you love is facing white-collar crime charges like fraud or embezzlement in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the proven legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate case consultation.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended for general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.