Former em­ployee de­frauds Bed Bath & Be­yond

Coady Daniel Gau­thier pleads guilty to de­fraud­ing his former em­ployer of more than $28,000

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­ Twit­­r­ross

A former man­ager of Bed Bath & Be­yond who de­frauded the store of more than $28,000 will be back in court next month for sen­tenc­ing.

Coady Daniel Gau­thier, 27, ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Charlottetown Mon­day where he pleaded guilty to fraud over $5,000.

The court heard Gau­thier worked as the man­ager for Bed Bath & Be­yond, which gave him the abil­ity to cre­ate re­funds and re­turns.

Over a pe­riod of time, Gau­thier used IDs for other em­ploy­ees to cre­ate re­funds and then al­ter the store’s in­ven­tory.

In to­tal, Gau­thier cre­ated al­most $28,800 in false re­turns with his own debit card in­for­ma­tion.

Crown at­tor­ney Jeff MacDon­ald told the court an in­ter­nal se­cu­rity in­ves­ti­ga­tion found Gau­thier was re­spon­si­ble for the false re­turns.

Gau­thier ad­mit­ted to the re­turns and signed a prom­is­sory note with Bed Bath & Be­yond to re­pay the amount he took.

MacDon­ald said it was clear early on in the in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion that Gau­thier was re­spon­si­ble and there were no neg­a­tive reper­cus­sions for any other em­ploy­ees.

The mat­ter was ad­journed un­til Sept. 20 af­ter the de­fence asked for a pre-sen­tence re­port.

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