MINEOLA, NY (WCBS 880) – It’s a weighty scam – sort of.

Authorities on Long Island say Ebony Washington hustled employees at five Target stores across Nassau County, in addition to other branches in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall has details of the scam

Washington, 29, allegedly would purchase XBox and Nintendo game consoles and swap out the contents of the box with paper. She’d then seal the boxes up and return them for cash.

Washington allegedly hustled Target for $15,000, says police Sergeant Dennis Uti.

“Just about any major retailer, they have very liberal return policies now. They certainly are not going to question a customer who is making what appears to be a legitimate return,” said Uti. “On its face, each one of these returns appeared to be legitimate,” he added.

Washington is charged with grand larceny in the third degree and petit larceny. She’d allegedly worked the scam from November 16, 2010 to February 17, 2011.

She was arrested when she allegedly tried to return a paper-filled box to the Farmingdale Target Thursday just 20 minutes after she bought it.

What do you think of the scam? Are you surprised it took so long to catch a suspect? Sound off in the comments section.

Comments (28)
  1. decisis says:

    she should do some quick, easy time–when she gets out, could she write a book or act as a “consultant” for mitigating retail theft as part of a risk management program for the retail trade association?

  2. Fawn Liebowitz says:

    I was her biggest fan. This is devastating. I don’t think she will be able to make a comeback after this 🙁

  3. Huh? says:

    Yeah I read the headline and thought it was an actress or someone famous…It
    should just read “Woman Accused Of Scamming Target Stores On Long Island”

    1. shostak says:

      Famous? You’re joking, right? You’ve never heard of Ebony Washington? Where have you been, Antarctica?

  4. George Washington says:

    Oh no, not Ebony Washington. She had such a bright future ahead of her. What a cute and wonderful baby she was. There was a time when she would never steal from anyone. Where did she go wrong? Oh Ebony, what happened?

    1. cj1 says:

      Sadly not surprised as “the apple doesnt fall far from the tree”. Those who know her know EXACTLY what I mean by that comment.

  5. z z zodiac says:

    You would not see her mugshot or her name if she tried to earn an honest living like most people.

  6. Richard Pagli says:

    That’s not a new scam. I used to see that happen with computer fax machine years ago. I’m glad they caught her though.

  7. KPMc says:

    Why is her name in the headline?

    1. KPMc says:

      I think children write these headlines

    2. Mr. Armenia says:

      This is very racial KPMC using her name dont you think

      1. KPMc says:

        No… I don’t think it is racial. I just don’t understand why it is written like we know who she is.

      2. Vanessa Scalia says:

        How the hell is that racial?

      3. Ixnay on the acialray says:

        Newsflash: not everything is “racial”.

  8. Mr. Armenia says:

    Why is her photo being shown when she hasn’t been convicted yet?

    Sounds like a violation of the privacy act.

    1. C.J. says:

      Looks guilty to me

    2. KPMc says:

      So.. this is the first time you saw a mugshot of a person who was just arrested and not yet gone to trial? I guess somehow your browser avoids stories on Hollywood, starlets & bad boys and oh yeah…. psychotic “alleged” murderers.

      What fantasy “privacy act” do you speak of? Is that some Armenian way of suppressing the media?

    3. Vanessa Scalia says:

      Such an intelligent statement. rolls eyes. I think you need to check your facts.

  9. Bigbrostyx Walls says:

    It’s so sad people feel they have to resort to these measures in America.Where’s the job creation desparately needed by millions.Things aren’t getting any better.

  10. C.J. says:

    With all that money couldn’t she get herself better looking weave?

  11. nyc says:

    Is that her real name ? Can’t be ! Will never do any jail time and will probably be doing the same thing in the future only putting some weight in the boxes !

  12. Killdee Mools says:

    Holy eggplant! What is that thing?

  13. Monifa Blumpkin says:

    That girl be stupid. At least put some heavy-@ss shizzle in the box, then return it. Dag, yo.

  14. linda says:

    sold them for drugs.

  15. Dan Te says:

    What did she do with all those XBoxes and Nintendo games ?

    1. Chris says:

      She ate them

    2. TT says:

      What do you think genius Dan Te? Another ingenius comment. Sell them! I think you should retire from the keyboard.

    3. camoflage says:

      She used them to play games while jerry springer and wendy wiliams were on there commerical break

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