Toys R Us Clerk Charged with Stealing $56K Worth of Merchandise from Store

A cashier at a Toys R Us in Rego Park last week was charged with allegedly creating online orders using bogus coupon codes, which resulted in more than $56,000 worth of toys, clothes, electronics and other items to be shipped to her home and a family member’s address between June and December of this year, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Shontia Jones, 24, of Far Rockaway, was arraigned last Tuesday on second-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree falsifying business records charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Jones allegedly created fraudulent coupon codes in the system and bought thousands of dollars worth of merchandise between June 2014 and December 2014. The Toys R Us coupon codes are meant to be used by customer-service representatives and are given to shoppers who are unsatisfied with a purchase. The codes can be used like cash on the company website.

Jones allegedly created codes roughly twice a week—more than 1,100 total—and bought baby formula, Disney Frozen toys, Xbox games, baby clothes, disposable diapers, Hot Wheels, beverages, board games and more.

Jones, who was granted supervised release and is due back in court on Jan. 29, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.


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