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APACHE JUNCTION — Stephanie Garrett was arrested Jan. 9 for allegedly scamming the local Goodwill store where she worked.

Garrett, 31, of Apache Junction, was arrested after Goodwill notified police that she misused a company promotion to defraud the company of more than $3,200.

“Stephanie (Garrett) had earned points with the Goodwill. She used her ex-boyfriend’s account without his knowledge. She would log into his account and send them (the points) back to her. This would cause the points to double in value. She continued with logging into her account and send points to her ex-boyfriend and then she would log into his account and send them back to herself,” an Apache Junction Police probable cause statement reads.

Over a five-day period, Garrett accumulated more than 369,000 points in the promotion, according to the police report.

“She then redeemed these points she accumulated through Goodwill to get Amazon gift cards. She was able to get $3,226.66 in total from her account and taking from her ex-boyfriend’s account in Amazon gift cards which she then used to purchase items,” the police report states.

According to court records, Garrett admitted the fraud to police and claimed that her ex-boyfriend knew nothing about the scam.

Police charged Garrett with fraud, theft, identity theft and computer tampering. She was released on her own recognizance without a financial bond and is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on 1:30 p.m. Jan. 28.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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