Winn-Dixie worker used coupon codes to steal $23K, Volusia deputies say

Woman charged with grand theft after plunge in profits leads to investigation

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor

DeLAND, Fla. - A Winn-Dixie worker was arrested on allegations of using coupon codes to pocket $23,000 in the last five months.

Ibilola Badmus, 30, was charged with grand theft on Tuesday after an internal investigation found she was the reason for a plunge in profits due to excessive use of coupons, Volusia County deputies said.

The management of the Winn-Dixie at 3120 N. Woodland Blvd. found in February financial reports that an unusually large number of coupon transactions had resulted in negative sales, according to the report.

Deputies said the store was able to trace the suspicious activity to Badmus and learned that she had been collecting fraudulent refunds from coupon codes.

When Badmus was confronted by Winn-Dixie officials on Tuesday, she told them to stealing $10,000 and said she needed the money for her sick child's medical bills, according to the report.

Volusia County Sheriff's Office was contacted and they took over the investigation. Badmus told deputies that $3,000 of the stolen money was still in her bank account and she had her husband withdraw the cash and turn it over, according to the report.

She was taken to the Volusia County jail.

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