SPRING HILL — A Spring Hill game shop manager was arrested Thursday and charged with organized fraud after cheating the store out of roughly $5,000 in funds and inventory, authorities say.
Steven Cantone, manager of the GameStop at 13376 Cortez Blvd., admitted defrauding the store by processing as many as 30 phony customer merchandise returns between July and October, the Hernando Sheriff's Office said.
The 34-year-old Spring Hill resident also altered paperwork documenting customer advance deposits, reducing the amount of the deposit and keeping the balance for himself, investigators said.
A company loss prevention officer discovered the schemes after conducting an audit.
Cantone said he stole the money after he fell back into his prescription drug habit, the Sheriff's Office said.
At the time of his arrest, Cantone was on probation for a Pinellas County charge of possession of oxycodone, records show.
He was being held without bail Friday at the Hernando County Detention Center.