Publix worker charged with theft for $2,230 in fraudulent refunds

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Ty'Jon Warren McKey. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Ty'Jon Warren McKey. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

Also tried to scam disabled person, police said — 

A Fayetteville man in two separate incidents is facing charges of criminal attempt to exploit a disabled adult and theft by taking in connection with $2,230 in fraudulent transactions at the Publix store where he was employed.

Ty’Jon W. McKey, 19, was charged by Fayetteville police with theft by taking and, by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, with felony criminal attempt to exploit a disabled adult.

Pertaining to the theft charge, Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said officers at approximately 3:13 p.m. on June 10 were dispatched to the Publix store on South Glynn Street about a theft.

“Police met with the complainant, who reported they were notified by the Publix corporate office of suspicious refunds being performed by one of their employees identified as Ty’Jon Warren McKey,” Burdett said.

Burdett reported that an internal audit determined that McKey conducted fraudulent financial transactions for his gain. The complainant stated they spoke with McKey about the discrepancies, at which time McKey made a voluntary admission to taking $2,230 over some amount of time.

Police met with the alleged suspect, and the officer read McKey his Miranda warning. McKey admitted to the officer that he made a mistake. McKey stated he no longer had the cash, said Burdett.

McKey was placed under arrest and charged with the criminal offenses of theft by taking and possession of controlled substances/marijuana, Burdett said.

Pertaining to the attempt to exploit a disabled adult charge, Sheriff Barry Babb said McKey on May 13 contacted a disabled autistic adult pretending to represent Publix, and attempted to obtain the person’s bank card information. The attempt was unsuccessful, Babb added.