Secret Service says Home Depot worker swiped nearly $400K, might’ve gotten away with it if he didn’t use bill – PennLive

The Secret Service says an Arizona man took nearly $400,000 from his job at Home Depot by swapping out $100 bills with fake bills marked "PLAYMONEY" over the course of three and a half years. Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media
The Secret Service got involved, but if what it alleges Adrian Jean Pineda did — taking nearly $400,000 from a Home Depot he worked for in Arizona — and how he got caught are true, the “stupid police,” if only we had such a thing, probably would have been just as well.
Because, according to the Secret Service, Pineda took $387,500 from his job at Home Depot over the course of three and a half years. He was arrested last week, and reports say he admitted to the crime. Maybe he wouldn’t have gotten arrested at all — you figure they would have eventually figured out that much money was getting swapped out at some point, though — if it wasn’t for how the Secret Service says Pineda was taking the money.
And that one is special, folks.
Because, according to the authorities, he was swapping real cash with fake, movie prop cash he bought off Amazon. He was doing it $100 at a time, and they say those bills had a slight tell.
They were marked with a serial number — “PLAYMONEY.”
According to reports, Pineda was a vault associate for Home Depot, a position which pays an average hourly wage of $14. And, it said, vault associates prepare “bundles of cash for deposit at a local Wells Fargo.”
“He was just in a really good position to do the crime,” Frank Boudreaux Jr., the special agent in charge with the US Secret Service’s office in Phoenix, told The New York Times.
“He bypassed the first layer of counterfeit detection — the cashier.”
Reports said Home Depot caught Pineda on security footage making the swaps 16 times before they got the authorities involved. And, on Jan. 31, a Home Depot asset protection manager “confronted Pineda about the deception,” and he was then interviewed by Secret Service agents. At the time, he reportedly had seven fake $100 bills on him and $5,300 in stolen cash.
The report said Pineda was hired in 2017 and told agents he first swapped fake cash in August 2018.
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