- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU police say employees of an on-campus McDonald’s restaurant stole more than $30,000 from students over the past year in a fraud scheme.

The Advocate reported (https://bit.ly/1m8GgE5 ) investigators believe the alleged scheme could have been active for several years.

LSU police said they expect to make at least one more arrest.

According to investigators, cashiers and managers overcharged students on university-issued debit cards, pocketing the difference and falsifying records to hide the thefts.

McDonald’s couldn’t provide financial records dating before March 2013, but over the past year records indicate employees overcharged students by more than $31,000, according to arrest warrants.

A portion of many students’ meal plans includes money dedicated to “paw points,” which can be spent only at specified restaurants, stores and some other locations on or near the LSU campus. Many of the businesses, such as the McDonald’s, have special card scanners for school-issued debit cards to process the transactions.

According to arrest warrants, employees involved in the scheme would ring up meals for the correct amount on the store’s cash register. Then, when they typed in the amount of paw points spent at the second scanner, some employees would overcharge student accounts in varying amounts up to $10.

Students wouldn’t be provided receipts and store employees would later adjust financial records to balance the register, a detective wrote in the arrest warrants.

Police were made aware of the alleged scheme by an anonymous tipster.

Police said they booked Jeannine Rooks, 34; Constance Brown, 31; Bertrand Brown, 34; and Danielle Marie Casey, 23, all of Baton Rouge. The arrests were made on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the suspects has an attorney.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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