UPDATE (1/21): Fernandez has been charged with embezzlement of more than $950, a felony. She’s next due in court March 24.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — An employee of the Target near the Park at River Walk has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $30,000 from the business, according to police.
Becky Fernandez, 37, was arrested Dec. 27 on a charge of felony embezzlement, police said. An investigation began after the store contacted police and provided video evidence.
Target’s corporate office on Thursday sent an email saying Fernandez had worked at the store at 11000 Stockdale Highway since 2018 and was a Human Resources leader.
The email said, “Last month, we terminated a team member from our Bakersfield store for misconduct after she violated store policies, including removing cash from the store and giving it to scammers. We contacted the Bakersfield Police Department to report the scam and provided them with video footage from the store. We’re aware that the team member has been arrested, based on information she provided to law enforcement, and will continue to provide law enforcement what they need for their investigation.”
Kyle J. Humphrey, the attorney representing Fernandez, said his client is the victim of a scam where she believed she was helping another employee at the store. He said the scammer knew the ins and outs of Target’s operations and how it handles its funds, and Fernandez thought she was doing something for the company rather than committing a crime.
“This is really a case of a sophisticated scam and a nice person getting taken in,” Humphrey said. “There was never any intent of any money not going to the benefit of Target. She didn’t try to hide it or benefit from it herself.”
Fernandez had not been charged as of Thursday morning, according to court records.