OMAHA, Neb. — A man who employed a gift card scheme to steal from an Omaha wine and spirits store has been sentenced to five years of probation.

Court records say 29-year-old Brenton McLaurine also was ordered at his hearing Thursday to pay restitution of $60,000. He’d pleaded no contest to felony theft.

The records say McLaurine was fired from the Village Pointe Brix store in May 2016. The records say the manager found multiple gift cards that had balances in the thousands of dollars, including one that reached more than $68,000. The company’s software let employees add money to gift cards through cash transactions and then void them, leaving the totals on the cards.

The two Brix stores closed in January, leaving customers with gift cards they couldn’t redeem.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.