Guam – A Payless employee caught stealing food stamp benefits from an unsuspecting customer said she did it for her children.
Temberlynn Juanet Cruz was employed as a cashier at Payless Grocery store at the Micronesia Mall.
According to the Guam Police Department, the victim noticed a $100 transaction charged to her EBT card which she did not authorize.
Payless then began a review of EBT transactions discovering that Cruz had made an EBT transaction without an accompanying receipt.
Police said she had used someone else’s food stamp card by manually inputting the first 8 numbers because they were always the same. She then tried her luck by randomly guessing the last four digits.
Police said that Cruz explained she never actually took anything from Payless, but wanted to charge it because she has four young children she is taking care of.
Cruz was charged with fraudulent use of public assistance, unauthorized use of benefits and fraudulent use of a credit card. She was booked and confined.