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Augusta Sporting Goods Salesman Rips Off Boss for Thousands


Chase HuffmanA salesman at Johannsen’s Sporting Goods stole thousands from the Augusta business by altering checks and fooling high school coaches, according to a sheriff’s report.

Chase Huffman, 27, of Evans, was charged Saturday with felony theft by taking.  He’s been a salesman at the Broad Street business since 2012. (The suspect also works as a local football referee and posted last year on Twitter about his work as a referee for state championship games.)

A client alerted owner Patrick Johannsen to over 10 checks that had been written to Johannsen’s Sporting Goods for hats, but the business name was scratched off and replaced with “Chase Huffman.” The checks totaled $4,635.

Even worse, Huffman allegedly fooled several high school coaches from Columbia County.

From the sheriff’s report: “Patrick Johannsen stated that he has been receiving phone calls from coaches from several High School advising that Chase Huffman had told them that he had several hundred dollars in credit, around $600-$800 from vendors which he would sell for cash money, $250. Patrick Johannsen stated that Chase Huffman did go to several schools in Columbia County and received money from the coaches.”

Huffman is free on bond. He could not be reached for comment.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.


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