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Second auto parts store manager in Gate City arrested on embezzlement charges

Nick Shepherd • Aug 17, 2017 at 12:30 PM

GATE CITY — For the second time this year, a manager at an auto parts store has been arrested after allegedly embezzling from his employer, according to a press release.

On August 16, officers with the Gate City Police Department were called to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store on Kane Street by loss prevention personnel. According to the release, officers were told one of the store’s managers, Christopher Graham, 20, 402 Taylor Town Road, Fort Blackmore, allegedly made several fraudulent returns.

Over the last several months, Graham allegedly made more than $600 in fraudulent returns for personal gain. Some of the money was used to pay bills, the release stated.

It is alleged that Graham made up several fake returns and refunded the money to himself. According to the release, he reportedly returned money to his personal debit card on several occasions.

He was terminated from his position and banned from the property. He was arrested, charged with embezzlement and taken before a magistrate, where he received a recognizance bond.

In January, another manager was arrested on embezzlement charges after loss prevention officers asked the GCPD to investigate fraudulent returns. They told officers that more than $4,400 was missing from inventory. 

Officers determined an assistant manager, identified as Jason Hamblen, 35, Rogersville, had been making fraudulent returns then keeping the money.

Hamblen pleaded guilty to all charges earlier this year and was sentenced to probation. 

 

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