Cashier Arrested For Embezzlement
Tami L. Anderson, 35, of Paden City, was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with embezzlement for allegedly taking money from the till on the registers she was working at Walmart in New Martinsville. If found guilty of this offense Anderson could face one to 10 years in prison.
In a report filed by New Martinsville Patrolman Adam Skinner, Anderson allegedly committed the offense on several dates in December, notably Dec. 8, 9, and 13. Specifically, on Dec. 8 Anderson was seen on video surveillance taking a $100 bill from a customer and placing it in a blue bag. Approximately 27 minutes later she is seen reaching into the bag and after she removes her hand, now cupped, she places it in her pocket. This similar pattern of behavior is seen on video on the other dates named. The total lost to Walmart was $1,550.
New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil says Anderson’s actions do not appear to be related to the theft ring recently exposed at the local Walmart.
Jennifer Puanani Alamani, 26; Robert Eugene Stillwagoner, 26; and Tina Darlene Frye, 28; were arrested for allegedly stealing various items from the store in a scheme stemming from as early as October. Alamani, Stillwagoner, and Frye were arrested Dec. 19 by the NMPD for allegedly bringing items to the register which were then intentionally not processed correctly, or possibly at all. Police Chief Tim Cecil says the culprits took roughly $3,600 in merchandise such as electronics, food, and Christmas items including a Christmas tree.
Bond was set in Wetzel County Magistrate Court at $5,000 surety. Anderson has since posted bail and a preliminary hearing before Magistrate Thomas Shepherd is set for Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. Under her terms and conditions of bail, Anderson is to have no direct or indirect physical or verbal contact with the New Martinsville Walmart store.