Retailer Files Civil Action Against Fired Employee in Case of $300K in Stolen Gift Cards

Stung by an employee’s theft of $330,000 in electronic gift cards and a subsequent lawsuit by a scammed customer, Home Depot has filed a third-party civil complaint against the fired worker.

The retailer’s attorneys filed documents Friday in Salt Lake City’s US District Court in the latest twist of the legal saga arising from the card thefts involving the Riverdale store in 2017-18.

In its third-party complaint, Home Depot seeks a money judgment against Daniel Martinez “for the loss of merchandise, revenue, profits and possession of the (cards) stolen by Martinez.” It also asks the court for a declaratory judgment confirming Home Depot’s right, title, use and value of the stolen cards and the products and services obtained with them.

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Weber County resident Kaitlyn Peterson sued Home Depot after the company in May 2018 deactivated about $165,000 in cards that it discovered had been stolen by Martinez. She had responded to a classified ad offering discounted Home Depot electronic gift cards. Peterson said she was stuck with $125,000 in deactivated cards and alleged Home Depot should have better controlled its gift cards and employees… Standard-Examiner

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