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Pasco deputies say couple pocketed money from cell phone store

PORT RICHEY — A couple who worked as managers of a Metro PCS cell phone store are accused of embezzling thousands of dollars.

According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, Michael Welch, 37, and Melissa Welch, 38, pocketed money 39 times between December 2011 and this July.

The stolen money added up to $2,481.39, deputies said.

As part of the scheme, reports say, the husband and wife accepted money from customers, entered the amount into the store's computer system, but kept the money for themselves. They stopped working at the store in July.

Employee time sheets and surveillance video from the store at 9409 U.S. 19 led investigators to the suspects.

The Welches, both of New Port Richey, were arrested Wednesday on a charge of scheme to defraud. They were released from the Land O'Lakes jail after Michael Welch posted $10,000 bail and Melissa Welch posted $5,000 bail.

Pasco deputies say couple pocketed money from cell phone store 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:32pm]
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