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Utica police ID woman who allegedly defrauded local retailer

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 7, 2020

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UTICA — The Utica Police Department is looking for a woman who allegedly defrauded a local retailer out of $3,000 using a quick-change scam.

The woman visited a store in Utica and allegedly tricked the store clerk into taking less money than the clerk was supposed to in order to pay for gift cards that the woman was purchasing.

Utica Police Detective Greg Morabito said the woman was purchasing gift cards at the store when she handed the clerk $4,200. When the clerk counted the cash, the woman requested the money back to recount it.

“She bought $4,200 worth of gift cards and gave the cashier $4,200 in cash. After he counted it, she took it back from him and (she) recounted it, but only gave him $1,200 of the $4,200 back,” Morabito said.

The woman is facing fraud charges for allegedly leaving the store with $3,000 that she was supposed to pay for the gift cards.

According to the Police Department, the woman has been identified using social media, and the information on the incident has been sent out to local law enforcement.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the Utica Police Department at (586) 731-2345.

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