by Emily Waldrep
A former employee of Woodville Sonic was placed under arrest for Credit and/or Debit Card Abuse after he gained access to funds on other Sonic employee's payroll debit cards.
"At Sonic, in lieu of a check, the company puts employees' wages on a debit card that they are assigned," said Captain Mike McCulley of the Woodville Police Department.
The investigation began in May when one of the victims noticed that his balance on his debit card issued by Sonic was incorrect. According to McCulley, the employee questioned Sonic about what could be happening to his monies, and a regional manager was contacted.
"It was determined that there was someone accessing the employees debit cards and making unauthorized transactions," McCulley said. "Based on that information, we opened up an investigation."
Officer Deshazo with the Woodville Police Department headed up the investigation and was able to determine that a man identified as Geremey Deshawn Harris, age 22, of Woodville was responsible for accessing and spending money from other employees debit cards.
An arrest warrant was issued for Harris and he was subsequently arrested and charged with Credit or Debit Card Abuse, which is a state jail felony.
Harris is also being investigated on an additional charge of Fraudulent Use of Possession of Identifying Information, McCulley said.
"There were multiple victims effected by him using these debit cards so there may be additional charges to come," McCulley said. "If you have worked at the Woodville Sonic in the past two to three months and were issued a debit card and suspect some of your monies were taken off your card without authorization, please contact the Woodville police department so we can add your name to the list."
McCulley said that he feels there are additional victims that have not come forward.
Harris is presumed innocent until proven guilty and the investigation is ongoing.