Crime

March 26, 2014

Police charge clerk embezzled $159,217 from Walmart in fraudulent check scheme

Raleigh police charge that a 26-year-old woman who worked as a Walmart clerk embezzled more than $159,000 from the company in a three-person scheme to cash bogus checks last year.

A 26-year-old woman was charged Tuesday night with embezzling more than $159,000 last year in a scheme last year to cash fraudulent checks at the Walmart store in Raleigh where she worked.

Raleigh police said Natasha Shanta Alexander is the second person charged in what they said was a scheme to cash fraudulent checks, and they have warrants charging a third person.

Alexander was arrested where she lives now, at 1803 Summerdale Dr. in Raleigh, records show. When police first obtained the warrant for her arrest, they believed she lived in Louisburg.

The warrant alleges that Alexander took $159,217 between June 3 and Nov. 29.

She was a clerk at the store at 1725 New Hope Church Road, police said in the warrant.

Alexander had been charged on July 2 with one count of conspiring to obtain property by false pretenses, and she has a court hearing April 3 about that.

However, police spokesman Jim Sughrue said it was mid-December when detectives were brought in to investigate what had turned out to be a larger scheme.

On Jan. 13, police charged Katina Denise Powell, 41, with obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to do that. She has a court hearing on those charges May 12.

The third person police are looking for is Charlene Renee Bradsher, 42, and they have obtained warrants charging her with obtaining by false pretense and conspiracy.

Sughrue said police hope anyone who can help them find Bradsher will call the CrimeStoppers tip line at 919-834-HELP (4357), where they can remain anonymous and may be eligible for rewards.

Alexander was being held in lieu of $400,000 bail Wednesday.

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