Armine Tonikyan, 31, of Glendale was taken into custody Wednesday on suspicion of embezzlement after a Macy’s loss prevention worker turned her over to police officers.
The fraudulent returns began June 5 and ended when she was arrested, according to police, who declined to give the exact amount of money gained in the alleged fraud scheme.
Tonikyan allegedly never returned any of the purchased merchandise. Macy’s management allegedly recovered about $5,000 in merchandise.
On Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced the arrests of five people who allegedly targeted 41 Macy’s stores, including one in the Glendale Galleria and another in the Burbank Town Center, in a gift-card fraud scheme. The scheme resulted in a loss of $218,000.
Richard Reyes Duenas — one of the five arrested in the scheme — allegedly acquired Macy’s gift card account numbers and pin codes to forge inactive, stolen cards, according to the sheriff’s department.
Duenas’ associates allegedly sold the bogus cards on the streets. He and his associates also used the cards to buy Apple electronics.