Kyesha Reed of Coral Springs, Florida was arrested after she allegedly opened a Kohl’s credit account using someone else’s personal information, news sources report. Reed, 31, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of fraudulent use of personal identification, fraudulent creation and use of personal identification, and grand theft. It is unclear whether she qualified for a set bail bond amount. The press did not specify a defense attorney for Reed.
According to reports, Reed had a warrant issued for her arrest prior to this latest crime, apparently for another case of fraudulent use of personal identification. The details of that case are not currently available.
In this latest scheme, Reed allegedly opened up a credit line with the Kohl’s department store using a stolen social security number and name. It is not clear how Reed allegedly happened upon the personal information, nor is it known whether police suspect that there may have been another party involved in the identity theft.
With the fraudulent credit line, Reed purchased around $369 in goods from a Kohl’s located on West Atlantic Boulevard on July 24, sources allege. Sometime later, Reed allegedly tried creating another account, this time at a Macy’s, using the same stolen identification. However, Reed failed to supply the clerk with the correct security question answers while creating that account, which ultimately led to the account not being opened, reports say.
In an effort to capture Reed, detectives allowed news stations to air security video from the department stores on TV. Reports say a number of people called police and reported that Reed was the person in the video. It is not yet known whether she actually admitted that she had been involved in the fraud.
Grand theft is a charge handed down to anyone who steals or defrauds a company or person out of $300 or more. In early July, Boynton Beach assistant store manager Michel Beldor was apprehended for the same crime after he was accused of using his position to rob the store of over $9,000, sources report. Beldor was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of fraud and grand theft. He was held in lieu of $6,000 bail. It is not clear how the case is proceeding.
Based on reports, Beldor was an assistant store manager at a Boynton Beach retail location prior to his arrest. Reports did not identify the store by name. Beldor appears to have been fired based on these allegations.
The alleged thefts were discovered when a manager at the store began investigating “several [suspicious] high dollar return transactions.” The loss prevention manager found that Beldor had falsified 42 sales of items that had never actually been sold. Beldor then allegedly processed the items as returned, keeping the ‘refunds’ himself. The loss prevention manager reportedly found out that in addition, Beldor had taken around $810 worth of the store’s goods.
When confronted, Beldor apparently admitted to the thefts, reports indicate. It is not known whether the store was able to recover the purportedly stolen merchandise or any of the stolen funds.
Source: 9.16.13 Reed Grand Theft.pdf