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Economic Crimes Unit Serves Up Justice to Fast Food Fraudsters

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On 12-27-18, management at the McDonald’s, located at 13100 Cortez Boulevard in Spring Hill, reported that an employee, Matthew Holland, had committed acts of fraud against the business.

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Managers became suspicious after noticing large and frequent refunds on the daily transaction records. After doing some research, management discovered that between the dates of 12-17-18 and 12-23-18, Holland generated at least 28 fictitious food orders while working the drive-thru register. After generating the orders, Holland used his personal credit card and gift cards to issue refunds to himself. These acts were captured on video surveillance.

As soon as management confirmed Holland’s fraudulent activity, he was terminated.

Economic Crimes detectives were able to link several of the credit and debit card refunds back to Holland.

Thanks to the quick actions of and continued cooperation from McDonald’s, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Matthew Holland for the charge of Organized Fraud. Bond was set at $2,000.

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On 02-11-19, Holland turned himself in at the Hernando County Detention Center.

On 01-22-19, a Hernando County resident reported several fraudulent charges that were made using her credit card information. Although it was unknown exactly when/where her card was compromised, she suspected it occurred at the Burger King located at 2601 E. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

The victim had visited the Burger King the day prior to the charges appearing on her account and the employee waiting on her claimed to have difficulty processing her card. The employee asked the victim for her zip code, so she could have a manager authorize the transaction. The employee then took the victim’s card out of sight.

Fortunately, the victim retained her receipt, which included the employee’s name, “Latonya.”

Economic Crimes detectives retrieved the order records from the online retailers. The investigation revealed that the person who placed the orders was Latonya Shanenice Miller of Tampa.

With the assistance of management from Burger King, it was confirmed that Latonya Shanenice Miller was an employee at the Burger King in question, and was, in fact, working at the time the victim placed her order.

With the prompt assistance from and cooperation with representatives from Burger King, as well as the diligence of the victim retaining her receipt, warrants were obtained for the arrest of Miller for the charges of Criminal Use of Personal Identification Information (2 counts) and Attempted Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. Bond was set at $12,000.

On 02-12-19, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes detectives, along with officers from the Tampa Police Department, apprehended Miller at her place of employment. She was booked into the Hillsborough County jail.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology.
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