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Ocala Circle K employee arrested after discovery of over 40 fraudulent refunds

A 42-year-old Ocala woman was arrested after her employer discovered incidents of theft that included over 40 fraudulent transactions.

On Monday, November 8, a Marion County Sherriff’s Office deputy responded to the Circle K located at 4605 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala in response to a reported theft.

The store’s manager told the deputy that one of the employees, Jamie Lynne Stromwall, was making fraudulent refunds on items that were stolen while working at the store.

Ocala Circle K employee arrested after discovery of over 40 fraudulent refunds 1
Jamie Lynne Stromwall

The manager stated that on September 2, Stromwall began taking items from the store and processing fraudulent returns in order to cover the cost of the thefts.

According to the MCSO report, the deputy viewed eight surveillance videos that showed Stromwall processing refunds at the register when there were no customers around.

In one video, the deputy observed Stromwall take a box of e-cigarettes, suspend the transaction, and reopen the transaction three different times so that eventually the register would owe her money.

The deputy saw numerous incidents of theft on the other videos, including Stromwall placing a box of e-cigarettes along with a cartridge inside her backpack which was behind the counter, and Stromwell placing some money from the cash register into a blue bag before putting the rest of the money in the store’s safe.

In total, the manager had receipts of 41 fraudulent transactions totaling nearly $1,050.

Stromwall spoke with the deputy and admitted to ringing up the refunds, but she claimed that she never took money from the store.

She stated that she took items from the store, such as food for her son and the e-cigarettes, and she would refund the items at the register to break even.

When asked why she took money out of the register, she told the deputy that she would pay for certain items earlier in the day, and there were several instances later in the day when she realized that she needed the money back.

In a written statement to the store’s loss prevention department, Stromwall stated that she is homeless, sleeps in her car, and indicated that she took the food to provide for her son.

Stromwall was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she faces a felony charge for defrauding her employer of over $1,000.

She is currently out on bond and a court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.