Wal-Mart Employee Accused Of Stealing Will Appear In County Court

BUSTI – The Lakewood Wal-Mart employee who reportedly cashed bad checks into the store’s bank deposit and walked away with more than $50,000 will now appear in Chautauqua County Court.

Cheryl D. Vaninetti, 57, of Randolph, who was originally scheduled to appear in Busti Court on Wednesday, will now potentially have her case looked upon by a grand jury, according to her attorney.

Further details regarding a future court appearance have yet to be determined, he said.

Vaninetti, an employee of the 350 E. Fairmount Ave. Wal-Mart from 2010-11, allegedly wrote numerous checks from two different bank accounts, placed them into the store’s bank deposit and removed cash for the check value.

Once the checks were deposited, they were returned for insufficient funds. Wal-Mart was then billed for the cost of the checks and surcharges.

Vaninetti was discovered and later arrested in July after Wal-Mart conducted an internal audit and identified the loss of funds.

She was charged with second-degree felony grand larceny, a class C felony and will appear in Busti Court at a later date. She could receive up to 15 years in jail, with a minimum of 1 year.

Jarrett Reed, Lakewood-Busti Police investigator, said Vaninetti is one of three Lakewood Wal-Mart employees who were charged with robbing money from the store by depositing bad checks.

“They were all high-ranking employees that must have known that they could get away with it because (their method) bypasses all of Wal-Mart’s electronic (financial) security system,” Reed said. “The total sum was close to $100,000 among the three of them.”

Vaninetti reportedly stole the most of the three, totaling $56,060.