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Macy's employee gives girlfriend thousands' worth of unpaid merchandise, store credits

Joe Dieudonne arrested on charges of grand theft, organized fraud

Joe Dieudonne, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, faces charges of grand theft and organized fraud.
Joe Dieudonne, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, faces charges of grand theft and organized fraud.


BOCA RATON, Fla. – A Macy's employee was arrested in Boca Raton after giving his girlfriend nearly $70,000 worth of unpaid merchandise and unauthorized store credits, police said.

Joe Dieudonne, 55, of Fort Lauderdale, was arrested Saturday on charges of grand theft and organized fraud.

Dieudonne is accused of allowing his girlfriend to make false returns on items that she never purchased for store credit. He is also accused of giving the woman clothing for which she didn't pay.

According to a Boca Raton police report, Dieudonne was working at the Town Center at Boca Raton Macy's when he was spotted on surveillance video processing a return for his girlfriend in the amount of $614.67. Police said store security reviewed the transaction and determined that she had only bought $164.10 worth of merchandise. Police said Dieudonne gave her a return credit on her store credit card for $450.57, even though the merchandise was never brought to the store.

When confronted about the incident, Dieudonne admitted that he had been stealing from the store since July, the report said.

Police said Dieudonne told detectives that his girlfriend received about $54,000 in merchandise and that he authorized about $15,000 in false returns to her credit card.


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