Dec 3, 2015

Cody woman sentenced for embezzling from Walmart

A former Cody Wal-Mart employee is serving five years of probation for embezzling around $5,000 from the store.

Gail R. Barber, 41, stole the money between November 2014 and early January 2015, according to charging documents.

She pleaded guilty to felony theft at a Nov. 12 hearing in Park County's District Court. The sentence of supervised probation, imposed by District Court Judge Steven Cranfill, was a plea deal offered by the Park County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Charging documents say Barber stole most of the money by using her position at Wal-Mart to repeatedly issue fake refunds to herself. An affidavit from then-Cody Police Officer Chris Wallace says Barber would pull up a random customer’s receipt, then pick a couple items to “refund” — putting the refunded money on her personal Wal-Mart card.

She also pocketed some cash and made money orders, with the store's total losses coming to $5,010.20, court records say.

It was the loading money from her customer service station onto her personal card that threw up red flags with Wal-Mart. The store’s asset protection manager confronted Barber with various evidence of her scheme on Jan. 9. She confessed and Cody police arrested her.

“Barber stated that she had some financial issues with a vehicle and stated her vehicle was going to be repossessed if she did not pay $3,000 to get caught up on what she owed,” Wallace recounted.

Barber served three days in jail before posting bail. Two to four years of prison time were suspended as part of the deal.

While on probation, Barber must obey the law and her probation officer and stay away from Wal-Mart, among other conditions.

In addition to repaying the store, Barber must also pay $245 to the court and $150 to a woman for a separate incident that wasn’t charged.


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