Police arrest grocery clerk for felony embezzlement in rewards points scheme

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ST. GEORGE — A grocery store employee was arrested for felony embezzlement last week after she allegedly assigned customer rewards points to a personal card and then used those points for purchases.

Lorie Dominguez, of Scenic, Arizona, booking photo posted July 12, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News
Lorie Dominguez, of Scenic, Arizona, booking photo posted July 12, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Mesquite Police Department, St. George News

Police responded to the Smith’s Food and Drug store located at 350 N. Sandhill Blvd. in Mesquite on July 12 to investigate an alleged theft, according to a statement issued by the Mesquite Police Department Monday.

An investigation into the incident showed an employee of Smith’s – identified as 41-year-old Lorie Dominguez, of Scenic, Arizona – had been assigning Smith’s card points to her own personal Smith’s card, then using the points as personal cash purchases, Mesquite Police said.

“Due to the high amount of cash purchases made,” police said, “the crime amounted to felony embezzlement.”

Dominguez was arrested and charged with a felony count of embezzlement. She was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on the felony count.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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3 Comments

  • RealMcCoy July 20, 2016 at 11:45 am

    So, using the free points/fake money- that doesn’t really exist except on a computer- is somehow a felony?
    Theft? Sure.
    Misdemeanor? Of course.
    But FELONY??
    If she was smart, she’d ‘get right with the church’ ASAP to have the charges dropped.

  • Ronnie Keith July 20, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    When she used the ” fake money ” to make real cash purchases it became a crime! And thats the real Mc Coy… Now God may forgive her, but the church is full of sinners no better then anyone else.

    • RealMcCoy July 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

      They give this ‘fake money’ to all the shoppers anyways.
      That being said, I was being half-sarcastic about it.
      What was the amount she used that made it become a felony? There are cases of employee theft in the news all the time, but not with felony charges attached.
      Did she embezzle thousands? Ten’s of thousands?
      Let’s hear a follow up report with some better details.

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