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Walt Disney World Cast Member Charged With Misdemeanors After Stealing Almost $34,000 From Company

A Walt Disney World Cast Member has been charged with two misdemeanors after stealing almost $34,000 from the company over a two-year period.

According to Gabrielle Russon of the Orlando Sentinel, the 53-year-old woman had worked for Disney since 1990. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office report, she stole $33,988 from Disney while working at the Transportation and Ticket Center between January 2017 and May 2019, at which point she was fired.

“The Defendant was responsible for issuing theme park tickets and MagicBands to guests wishing to enter the various Walt Disney World locations,” the sheriff’s report stated. “The Defendant would systematically activate the Disney MagicBands, collect cash from guests for the purchase and subsequently void the transactions and pocket the cash.”

Disney provided the sheriff’s office with financial documents, statements, and photographs for their investigation. A Disney investigator said the Cast Member stood out because she had lower cash sales and the number of MagicBands she activated did not match with how many she sold. In 2018, she sold 1,965 MagicBands, but activated 3,272.

Disney investigators caught the Cast Member by pretending to be guests picking up their tickets and MagicBands in the spring of 2019. During two undercover investigations, they paid with cash, were not given a receipt, and noted the Cast Member placed the cash to the side.

She ultimately admitted to stealing the $33,988. According to the report, she was “doing this to help pay bills and she had been sending her mother home $100 a month since her father passed away in 2017.”

Though the Sheriff’s Office said there was probable cause to charge the Cast Member with grand theft and scheme to defraud and Disney wished to press charges, she avoided a felony and jail time.

The state attorney’s office said there were “concerns” in the case. Their file stated it was lacking the scheme to defraud, she “did not obtain cash under false pretenses”, and “corpus issues with the estimate of ~$40K.”

In October, the Cast Member pleaded no contest to petit theft and was charged with misdemeanor theft for the cash she pocketed from the MagicBands sold to Disney investigators. She was placed on twelve-month probation, given a $273 fine, and is required to complete community service and a seminar on impulse control. She is banned from returning to Walt Disney World.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Mric Eorton
Mric Eorton
9 months ago

“Cob Bhapek” caught this cast member during a filming of undercover boss!

Ted
Ted
9 months ago

$34K is not worth losing a job over, nor a ban from Disney.

Arthur Madaris
Arthur Madaris
9 months ago

I know someone that works theregot $45,500 cash and no one sees it,must be common practice there

Jeif
Jeif
9 months ago

A $273 fine? I didn’t read she would be required to pay the money back. She’s basically being slapped on the wrist. I guess crime does pay.

David Myers
David Myers
9 months ago
Reply to  Jeif

She was charged with petitt theft. They only charged her for what was sold to the investigators Wich probably totaled under $500. Not for the 34k since it was stated that it was hard to prove the intent to defraud and the actual price tag that disney was applying. Also since she catered out that son story the liberal forces of cali probably didn’t want to do anything to her since the big bad coprate disney hadoney to spare.

Rob
Rob
9 months ago

Rediculous sentence with no real punishment.

Last edited 9 months ago by Rob
NMTaylor
NMTaylor
9 months ago

STEAL All that money and, literally, NOTHING happens to you. Get some BALLs Disney! I’m applying for a job at WDW when applications are taken again.

Bluesmessiah
Bluesmessiah
9 months ago
Reply to  NMTaylor

Read the story. Disney wanted to press charges but the State’s Attorney didn’t do it. Disney is powerful but they are not the court system. Yet.

Todd Asher
Todd Asher
9 months ago

Wow

James
James
9 months ago

So steal $33,988 and only pay a $273 fine and no jail time or restitution. Crime does pay!!!

SirStephenH
SirStephenH
9 months ago

“She was placed on twelve-month probation, given a $273 fine, and is required to complete community service and a seminar on impulse control.”

What!? She steals $33,988 and just gets told to not do anything naughty over the next year and pay a $273 fine? People who have done far less have been punished far more harshly.

JSF
JSF
9 months ago

That’s it? Bet u $33k she’s white.

Jeif
Jeif
9 months ago
Reply to  JSF

They would’ve said she was white if she were to reinforce that narrative…

B. A. Thief
B. A. Thief
9 months ago
Reply to  JSF

I completely agree with JSF. Assuming all of these facts are correct and that she is White, if a person of color had done this, it would be an entirely different story – – including grand theft, felony charges, restitution, banned for life from WDW properties, lose her retirement pension, etc. This puts WDW name and reputation in a very bad light and supports my belief that WDW is both sexist, racist, and discriminatory when it deals with these types of issues – – it should not matter what race, creed, color, sex, gender, ethnicity, or nationality a person is.… Read more »

freddie cuellar
freddie cuellar
9 months ago
Reply to  JSF

And what color are you with that RIDICULOUS comment! Hmm, let me guess….. black? What does her being white have to do with anything??? Stop race baiting! Enough already!

Last edited 9 months ago by freddie cuellar
Seriously are you kidding me how dare you
Seriously are you kidding me how dare you
9 months ago
Reply to  JSF

Seriously are you kidding me how dare you

Meh
Meh
9 months ago

Maybe if they’d pay there staff better this wouldn’t happen. She people was making 10 bucks an hour.

Ace
Ace
9 months ago
Reply to  Meh

This is a stupid comment. If you don’t think you’re getting paid enough, you can just steal the rest? How about getting a job somewhere else if you don’t like it. Her “excuse” is she was sending $100 to her mother each week, yet simple math shows she was stealing about $327 per week. I guess the rest was a “processing fee.”

Lyn
Lyn
9 months ago
Reply to  Meh

People need to be paid better so the could at least support themselves. $10 isn’t going to cut it these days. Everything from rent to food and insurance are expensive.

George Niemann
George Niemann
9 months ago

Disney likes to keep incidents out of the news but this person should have been made an example of . She steals $33K+ and only has to pay back a couple of hundred? That easy exit for the former cast member conveys the message to other cast members that if you want to pilfer Disney’s money, do it, and if caught, you’ll sign a few papers and pay a ridiculously small fee and get off with a little community service. Maybe this easy-exit cast member will go work for Universal at the ticket window next year?

Bluesmessiah
Bluesmessiah
9 months ago
Reply to  George Niemann

Disney pressed charges. States Attorney didn’t go for it.

Michael
Michael
9 months ago

Banned as in no rehire or banned as in not allowed on property? I would think both.

Tom Corless
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Both

David Myers
David Myers
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael

She was criminally trespassed.

vincent zito
vincent zito
9 months ago

Maybe this incident should make Disney corporate consider the amount of wages they are actually paying their employees…?

Jeif
Jeif
9 months ago
Reply to  vincent zito

So you’re defending her actions? She didn’t have to say “yes” to the job… I don’t understand why people don’t get that. You don’t have to say “yes”

Nesly
Nesly
9 months ago
Reply to  vincent zito

The rate of your earnings should not determine if you steal from your employer or not. She applied for the job and accepted it at that rate of pay. How about getting a second job or go back to school to obtain better employment like the rest of us do?

Thomas Meagher
Thomas Meagher
9 months ago

Lol…..justice??.. what a joke steals $34,000 and gets a $273 fine

Shay
Shay
9 months ago

Privilege at its best!

Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
9 months ago

I didn’t see her name. Why not Disney?

Guest
Guest
9 months ago

Cast Members are real people… They come with problems and faults that exists in the real world. Real world problems and struggles cause real people to do things sometimes out of desperation; not an excuse, but fact. It is a sad story on many levels, however, it becomes news worthy only because she worked at Disney World…?? The illusion of innocent purity at Disney World should not be tarnished by such stories; but it should be understood that people are not perfect, and they often fail in life. Forgiveness is required when dealing with the human being; this is how… Read more »

David Myers
David Myers
9 months ago

People re read the article. She is NOT being charged for the 34k because the COURT stated that there was no “proof” of intent to defraud disney and that they had issues with the amount disney was staying. Disney had balls the courts choked when she advised her little sob story

David Myers
David Myers
9 months ago

Though the Sheriff’s Office said there was probable cause to charge the Cast Member with grand theft and scheme to defraud and Disney wished to press charges, she avoided a felony and jail time. The state attorney’s office said there were “concerns” in the case. Their file stated it was lacking the scheme to defraud, she “did not obtain cash under false pretenses”, and “corpus issues with the estimate of ~$40K.”. That being said in cali it is more likely right now that the offender was most likely a minority due to the heavy anti white sentiment in california and… Read more »