Monroe County woman sentenced for stealing $578-thousand from Wegmans

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A Webster woman has been sentenced to one year in prison and has to pay back more than a half-million dollars to Wegmans after pleading guilty to wire fraud.

Prosecutors said between 2014 and February of this year, Alicia Torres, 48, a long-time Wegmans employee, fraudulently processed 350 credit card refund requests in customers’ names with fictitious amounts.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the amounts were based on what Torres observed customers receiving in previous transactions. She then tricked the pharmacist into signing off and authorizing the refunds.

Once the refunds were approved, prosecutors said Torres paid the refund amounts to herself by swiping her debit card in Wegmans’ system. All total, she stole $568,021.69 using this method.

In addition, Torres stole another $10,922 by fraudulently using gift cards between 2020 and February of this year, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Torres will pay restitution totaling $578,943.86.

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