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Pequot Lakes police investigating theft by Verizon employee

The Pequot Lakes Police Department is investigating the theft of credit card information and money withdrawals by an employee who works at the Verizon store in Pequot Lakes, according to Police Chief Eric Klang, who said the size and scope of this case is not yet known.

Klang said in a news release that on Friday, March 15, a female reported there had been unauthorized withdrawals from her ATM card. The police department found suspicious activity with her account by a sales associate using the phone app “square.”

Officers learned that the “square” account belonged to an employee who initially assisted the victim in purchasing a headset from that store on March 6.

The police department is in the process of identifying any other victims that may be unaware their credit or debit cards have been possibly compromised. The suspect employee has worked for Verizon since August 2012.

Klang said credit card fraud is one of the most common forms of identity theft and it changes daily on how thieves obtain this information and use it. In this particular case, the fraudulent transactions occurred over several months.

“At this time we have no idea how many victims there may be and ask for the public’s help,” Klang said.

Klang asks that individuals check their transaction statements for any suspicious activity. If “square” was used, they should see an “SQ” under the reference box on their statement along with a first name and city that the transaction occurred in.

“It’s very common for suspects to use small withdrawal amounts in order for them to go undetected or raise any concern, so check carefully,” Klang said.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.