Goodyear Manager Tried to Defraud Polk County Sheriff's Office
A manager at a Goodyear tire store in Winter Haven thought he might defraud a customer to get more money in his pockets.
And he chose the perfect target.
An entire sheriff's office.
According to a recent news release by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company located at 6975 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, in Winter Haven, sent the Polk County Sheriff's Office Fleet Services an invoice for services they never received.
Apparently, shop owner Todd Hannum, 43, allegedly created fake invoices to make it look like his sales were through the roof. He was then planning to send them to Goodyear to collect some skrilla.
Where Hannum screwed up, however (besides trying to defraud an entire police department), was that he left the fake invoices laying around while he went on vacation.
A corporate auditor found the invoices and, being a good employee, sent them to corporate headquarters, not knowing they were fraudulent.
Hannum had done work for the Polk County Sheriff's Office in the past, which is how he was able to fake deputies' signatures on invoices for car parts they never actually ordered.
According to the release, Hannum had been crediting over $2,000 to a Goodyear credit card that belonged to his mom.
Police say that Hannum was the only one who used the card, meaning mom is in the clear.
Detectives met with Hannum on Thursday, where he copped to the crime, and confessed that he conducted chargebacks and sending the money to his mother's Goodyear credit card.
Hannum is charged with Scheming to Defraud, Grand Theft, and 2 counts of Money Laundering. He was booked into the Polk County Jail last week.
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