Man arrested for Verizon cash thefts

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cassville mail carrier arrested for alleged Monett crime

A Cassville Post Office mail carrier was arrested on the job recently for alleged thefts occurring at his previous place of employment.

Cody Adams, 25, of Purdy, is charged with felony stealing. He has met a bond of $4,900 and been released form the Barry County jail.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Jeffery Martinson, with the Monett Police Department, on Sept. 17, Martinson was investigating theft of $15,776.14 and felony forgery for altering customers’ accounts at Russell Cellular (DBA Verizon Wireless) in Monett. The alleged incidents occurred from February through June.

An accountant discovered the alleged thefts during an audit, and Adams is accused of stealing funds that were payments to the business. Adams allegedly took payments from customers and indicated the payment was made on their accounts to avoid the accounts going into arrears or the phones being shut off.

He allegedly manipulated the business’ system to put payments on his personal accounts for phones with Russell Cellular, and if a payment was made in cash, he would allegedly pocket the money.

The accountant said when confronted about the incidents, Adams would not admit to taking the money, but advised since it was on his account, he would take responsibility for it. Per company policy, he was given 30 days to return the funds before charges were pursued. In an exit interview after his termination, Adams allegedly admitted to taking $7,811.02 of the total sum.

Adams was part of a temporary work force as a city carrier assistant for the Cassville Post Office. He was issued a letter of removal on Tuesday. He was hired on Oct. 7.

The warrant for his arrest was issued on Oct. 5, and he was arrested on Nov. 1 while driving a mail truck on Main Street in Cassville.

Adams has an arraignment scheduled for Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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