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A Micronesia Diver’s Association customer who had issues with her gift card led the dive shop owner to suspect one of his employees of wrongdoing, according to a magistrate’s complaint filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Guam.

After a customer tried to use a gift card to buy something worth more than what was shown as the balance on the card, dive shop owner Lee Webber conducted an audit and found out that more than $3,000 in gift card purchases were made on multiple customers’ accounts without their knowledge or permission, according to court documents.

Employee Joyce Merino was reportedly the one making the purchases without permission, court documents state. Webber confronted Merino “and she admitted to using customer gift cards whose balances were about to expire in order to purchase items for herself,” court documents state.

Merino also reportedly admitted to the scheme when police interviewed her, and she returned the items she had stolen, according to the court complaint.

Merino was charged with one count of aggregated theft of property as a second-degree felony. 

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