Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Walmart employees charged with over $ 40,000 in theft

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man was arrested for embezzlement after police said he had taken over $ 40,000 from his employer. Albuquerque police arrested 30-year-old Angelo Apodaca Jr. on August 24 for second degree embezzlement.

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According to a criminal complaint, Angelo worked as a manager at Walmart at the 8511 Golf Course, handling the weekly bank deposits. The complaint states that the Walmart Home Office began receiving notifications of deposit shortages on February 15, 2021.

Payment slip from February 15th to August 9th. Names of other employees blacked out.

After reviewing the deposit reports, Apodaca was identified as the manager on duty when the deficiencies were reported.

Records show that between February 15 and August 8, 2021, every time Apodaca was the manager on duty, there was a lack of money – often in the thousands. A Walmart Asset Protection Operations lead identified 24 different cases of deposits that were short when Apodaca was the manager.

According to the complaint, the Walmart office was renovated during the period of the shortage of deposits and the security cameras in the manager’s office were dismantled. A camera was set up in the manager’s office after the results of the audit were discovered and Angelo was caught pocketing $ 3,500 during the August 2nd deposit.

Investigators believe that Apodaca pocketed $ 40,600.00 between February and August this year. He was arrested on August 24th and charged with second degree embezzlement. Apodaca has a preliminary hearing in the Metropolitan Court on October 13th.

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