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In Martinez, Auto Zone Parts Manager Swindles $500 for ‘Family Reasons’


A sales manager for the Martinez Auto Zone was arrested Tuesday for embezzling over $500 through fraudulent refunds, according to a sheriff’s report.

Tiago Carsten, 24, was charged with theft by deception and probation violation.

Supervisor James Moore stated he conducted an interview with the parts sales manager after discovering seven fraudulent refunds made by Carsten. The suspect admitted to processing the fake returns between Jan. 22-30 at the store on Columbia Road, a report says.

“Mr. Carsten used the money for family reasons,” a report says. “Mr. Carsten stated he made a mistake and admitted to doing the transactions.”

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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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