MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile Police have arrested a man and charged him with 20 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of first degree theft. Authorities say he was running up the bill of the Bay Area Food Bank. This, after police say he was out on bond for another charge filed less than a week ago.
Ricky Glenn, Jr. said he did not know he was doing anything wrong by using a credit card he was given by his employer, the Bay Area Food Bank.
“I work for people that can’t eat. I went to work faithfully. I didn’t know I couldn’t get in trouble for doing what I did,” said Glenn, as he was being escorted to a police cruiser at MPD headquarters Monday afternoon.
“This is one of the worst types of crimes. We’ve got a non-profit organization that provides food for needy and hungry people in our area,” said Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department.
Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department said Glenn would have people pay him cash and in turn, swipe his card at the gas pump. She said the charges range between $8,000-$12,000. The Bay Area Food Bank said that money could have provided 40,000-60,000 meals to those n need.
“I figured it was mine, so…I just used my card. I didn’t know there was any money being involved or any of that. The money I got I worked for,” said Glenn.
Executive Director David Reaney told FOX10 News Glenn was working at the Food Bank part time as a driver for the summer lunch program.
“He had a fuel card just to get gas and apparently decided other people should share with that gas…and ran up thousands of dollars on that card. Sadly, it really affects the whole community. He hurt out program, he causes us to lose trust in young person who we gave a pretty easy job to do and gave him a decent wage and he abused it. That’s a bad thing that’s hard to overcome,” said Reaney.
Reaney said he hopes the incident does not affect the credibility of the food bank. He said it will begin to perform more detailed background checks of temporary workers from here on out.
Derry Glenn, 21, was also arrested, authorities said, for using one card in the amount of $595.
Officials said the two suspects are cousins.