Shoe Show Theft
A shoe salesman with an illegal sales pitch was kicked out of his job for stealing thousands of dollars from his employer.
Former "Shoe Show" employee Christopher Johnson of Gainesville is charged with scheme to defraud and grant theft.
Police say Johnson stole $8,000 worth of shoes between December 2010 and July 2011, but he wasn't keeping them in his closet. Corporal Angelina Valuri of the Gainesville Police Department said, "What the employee was doing was he was selling shoes at half price, he was asking customers for cash payments that went directly to him and then he was allowing the customers to walk out of the store with the shoes." Police say Johnson admitted to the theft, saying he needed the extra income to pay for child support.
He was fired in July and faces possible prison time.
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