Tempe, Arizona: Arrested Home Depot employee accused of exchanging store money with counterfeit bills

According to a US Secret Service press release, agents from the Phoenix Field Office arrested Adrian Jean Pineda, a store safe employee who was responsible for counting the cash and preparing it for deposit.

Pineda is accused of ordering counterfeit bills from Amazon, exchanging them with cash taken from store cash registers, and sealing them in bags to transfer to the bank, according to the complaint. Pineda, according to the complaint, admitted to exchanging real money for counterfeit notes during an interview with Secret Service agents.

Pineda was named a public defender. CNN contacted his lawyer but did not receive a response.

Between January 2018 and January 2022, Home Depot incurred $387,000 in losses from counterfeit bills in its bank deposits, the Secret Service said.

Officers seized $5,000 in counterfeit money and $5,300 in genuine money during Pineda’s arrest at Home Depot, according to the Secret Service. An additional $22,000 in genuine currency was recovered from Pineda’s home when officers executed a search warrant, the statement said.

Pineda was released on his own recognizance and is due in court Monday, according to court documents.

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