If this Georgia Kroger cashier served you, check your bank account

If this Georgia Kroger cashier served you, check your bank account
Desmeiyon Meadows (Image Source: Newton County Sheriff’s Office)

In today’s society, everyone seems to be using a cell phone. In fact, it is not uncommon to see a cashier at many businesses on the phone while serving customers. Most companies say such cell phone use is bad customer service and against company policy. Now one national grocery store chain is dealing with a Georgia cashier, who allegedly used her cellphone to steal unwary shoppers personal information.

According to a press release from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, a loss prevention officer at a Kroger grocery store in Covington, GA, about 45 miles from Atlanta, reported suspicious activity by one of their employees. That employee was identified as Desmeiyon Meadows and police began an investigation and review of security footage.

It was determined that Meadows and a male suspect, worked together to steal the identity of multiple shoppers. A review of her transaction log showed that she was making fraudulent transactions with shoppers stolen information.

Deputies were able to get a search warrant and seized Meadows’ cell phone as evidence. A search of the phone found images of Kroger customers information that included checks, drivers licenses, credit cards, and social security cards. As a result, Meadows has been charged with five counts of theft by taking (felony), five counts of forgery in the 4th degree (felony), six counts of identity theft, and one count of financial card fraud.

Law enforcement officials in Newton County are urging the public to come forward if they have shopped at that Kroger location and suspect they were victims of ID theft.

A video of Meadows and her alleged accomplice can be seen via the link below:

Kroger Theft

Press ReleaseThe Newton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance in an attempt to identify victims of identity theft uncovered by the recent arrest of a female, Desmeiyon Meadows.Desmeiyon Meadows was recently arrested for 5 counts of theft by taking (felony), 5 counts of forgery 4th degree (felony), 6 counts of identity theft, and 1 count of financial card fraud. These charges stemmed from Kroger loss prevention contacting Newton County Sheriff’s Office in late April to report that employee, Desmeiyon Meadows was suspected of criminal activity. During the investigation, the investigator gained probable cause for the arrest of Desmeiyon Meadows regarding the listed charges. As part of the investigation, an audit was performed on Desmeiyon Meadows previous transactions and it was discovered that she has been working with an unknown male accomplice(s), therefore, she was charged with those fraudulent transactions as well. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office also needs assistance in identifying Desmeiyon Meadows’ unknown male accomplice(s). ***Video to follow showing at least one male accomplice****Upon Desmeiyon Meadows’ arrest her cell phone was confiscated and a search warrant was obtained to search the phone. When the phone was searched, there were pictures and/or videos of debit cards, checks, driver’s licenses, and social security cards of over 100 different individuals. This is where Newton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance.If you have conducted business at the Kroger, 3700 Salem Road, Covington, Ga 30016 in the past year and your personal information HAS been compromised or you BELIEVE it has been compromised please contact Investigator Clinton French at fraudtips@newtonsheriffga.org. Leave your name so that it can be cross referenced with the names located in the phone.

Posted by Newton County, GA Sheriff's Office on Friday, May 3, 2019

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