EMBEZZLEMENT INVESTIGATION –HOME DEPOT MADISON
On September 4, 2015 Investigators with the Madison Police Department were contacted by representatives of the loss prevention/fraud department of the Home Depot Company. Police investigators were made aware of an on-going internal investigation at the Home Depot store in Madison involving the potential on-going and systematic embezzlement of merchandise and funds from the Madison store by several employees.
Allegedly fraudulent customer sales orders and invoices had been generated by several employees for merchandise in the store. Other cohorts involved in the alleged scheme who were not employed by the store would arrive and accept the merchandise as being paid for, leaving the store with the stolen merchandise. Similarly, it is alleged that individuals also returned some of the stolen merchandise to the store to obtain cash refunds. Investigators determined that the alleged embezzlement had been occurring since approximately February of 2014 and involved approximately $133,000 in merchandise and cash. Further instances of embezzlement are still being researched and investigated.
As a result of the investigation to date several arrest warrants have been obtained and executed. Leunta M. Friar, age 30, of Flora, MS and Everette E. Pennock, age 69, of Crystal Springs, MS were arrested on September 10, 2015 each being charged with one count of Embezzlement over $1000. Mark Patchin, age 57, of Pearl, MS was arrested on September 11, 2015 and charged with one count of Embezzlement over $1000. On Friday, September 11, 2015 these three individuals received an initial court appearance before Madison Municipal Court Judge Dale Danks where their bond was set at $250,000 each.
This is an on-going investigation with further charges and arrests expected.
Leunta M. Friar, age 30
Everette E. Pennock, age 69
Mark Patchin, age 57