A strange financial transaction was reported by employees of a local fast-food restaurant on Monday of this week.
An employee with Taco Bell said that his manager told him to take a bag with money in it and someone would call his cell phone and tell him what to do next.
The employee said that he did as his manager instructed him to do and received the call from an unidentified woman who told him to go to Wal-Mart and do a "store to store" transfer in the amount of $1,000. The employee wired the money as he was instructed.
After the transaction was made, the woman told him to drive to CVS and wire the rest of the money to an unknown location.
At that point, the employee became suspicious and called Chattooga 9-1-1.
When a responding deputy arrived at Taco Bell, he spoke with the store manager on duty, identified in the sheriff's department report as Mr. Davidson. Mr. Davidson said that he received a call from someone claiming to be with the Taco Bell corporate office who instructed him to gather up the money from the store or face jail time for "refund fraud." Mr. Davidson said that he did as he was instructed and gave the money to the employee with his instructions.
The sheriff's department learned that the money had been transferred to a Wal-Mart store in Alabama to a woman by the name of Sharanda Wright.
The incident is still under investigation by the Chattooga County Sheriff's Department.