By Ryan Yousefi
An employee of the Rue 21 clothing store was arrested and banned from the Coral Square Mall after admitting to orchestrating a fraudulent return scheme to help him catch up on unpaid bills.
According to the arrest report, on October 4, officers from the Coral Springs Police Department responded to the Rue 21 clothing outlet located within the Coral Square Mall in response to reports from management that an employee had stolen $1,157.53.
Upon arrival, management told officers the employee, later identified as Julian Bourgeon, 21, of Margate, had been conducting a fraudulent return scheme and that Regional Loss Prevention personnel had confirmed the fraudulent returns, providing documentation supporting their claims.
According to the store’s loss prevention personnel, Bourgeon admitted to orchestrating eight fraudulent returns over a month, amounting to $1,157.53. Bourgeon confessed to his actions, explaining that he had financial difficulties, such as bills, which had driven him to commit the fraudulent returns.
The culmination of the fraudulent transactions amounted to $1,157.53, which triggered grand theft charges and his subsequent arrest.
Bourgeon was taken into custody and transported to the Broward County Main Jail.
In response to the incident, Bourgeon has been banned from the Coral Square Mall for one year.
- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiple outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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