Posted at: 06/26/2013 6:59 PM
Updated at: 06/27/2013 7:43 AM
By: Jay Kolls
A Minneapolis police officer is under investigation and seven employees at Cub Foods store have been fired for allegedly manipulating a fuel rewards system. Minneapolis Police confirm Officer William Gregory is the focus of an internal affairs investigation.
A spokesperson for the department tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "we cannot comment any further because it is an open investigation."
A spokesperson for Cub Foods also confirmed all seven fired employees worked at the company's store on West Broadway on the city's north side. Officer Gregory worked at the store during off-duty hours as a security guard.
Cub Foods tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the employees and Officer Gregory are suspected of misusing the store's Cub Rewards Card.
For every $50 purchase, customers earn 5 cents off per gallon of gas at any Holiday gas station in Minnesota.
The limit is $1.50 per gallon, per rewards card. A Cub Foods spokesperson says the employees and Officer Gregory are suspected of asking customers, who did not have a rewards card, to use theirs on the purchases made by the customers.
That means, according to Cub Foods, the employees and Officer Gregory were earning a cash discount on gasoline purchases at Holiday when they did not make the required purchase at Cub Foods to earn the discounts.
Cub Foods issued a statement that says, in part, "We identified several employees at this store who were improperly using the rewards program. Those employees were terminated this month. We have also turned over information to authorities regarding an off-duty police officer we believed to be involved."
Cub Foods emphasizes this isolated incident does not affect any other customers who have Cub Rewards Cards. If you have any questions or concerns, Cub Foods encourages you to contact them with your questions and they will gladly explain the situation.
There is no indication that criminal investigations are yet underway in any of these cases.