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News Convenience store clerk charged with embezzlement

Dennis Ray MasonFranklin authorities have arrested a local convenience store clerk suspected of taking more than $15,000 from his place of employment.

Dennis Ray Mason, 54, of Hoffman Lane, was charged on May 29 with one felony count of larceny by an employee and one felony count of embezzlement. The charges stemmed from an incident reported on December 16 claiming that more than $10,000 went missing from the Automatic Teller Machine located inside the Village Trader convenience store, located on Hwy. 28 north of Franklin.

According to the incident report made at the time, Franklin Police Department Captain Steve Apel was provided with business deposit records by store owner Abdul Waliany.

At the time, Waliany reportedly told investigators that Mason was the store manager and that he was the only employee responsible for depositing cash from the register into the ATM. The money debited from the ATM by customers is credited back to Waliany’s bank account through a credit agency.

“Over a period of more than a year Mr. Waliany noticed the deposits into the ATM greatly exceeded the withdrawals being made by customers,” read the report. “The difference was in the thousands... It appears that Mr. Mason would enter money into the ATM as shown on Mr. Mason’s log sheet,” the report continued.

“Basically the owners confronted [Mason] about it, and he didn’t really admit it or deny it, he just quit,” explained Apel. “At the bottom of his interview with Detective Chastain he admitted to stealing money from them.”

Mason was issued a $3,000 secured bond. His court date is scheduled for July 25.

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