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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Sheriff's daughter accused of fraud
Allegedly stole at Home Depot job

The Monroe County sheriff's daughter was arrested on a third-degree felony theft charge Tuesday afternoon for allegedly pocketing cash while working at The Home Depot, according to a Key West police incident report.

Allison Marie Peryam, 26, was charged with grand theft of more than $300 and less than $5,000.

Police were called at 11:54 a.m. to The Home Depot at 2811 N. Roosevelt Blvd., where a loss prevention manager told officers that Peryam had printed copies of customers' receipt after their purchases, then conducted return transactions with the same receipts before pocketing the money, according to the report.

The manager reportedly showed police paperwork he said proved three such transactions as well as a statement signed by Peryam in which she allegedly admitted committing the fraud, the report states.

The alleged transactions included a $48 purchase on Aug. 13 as well as $64 and $256 purchases on Aug. 15 for a total of $348, according to the report.

Eighteen unused syringes and two spoons were reportedly found in her purse, but Peryam told police she "took the items from a friend's house last night, because they have a problem with drugs and she had not disposed of the items yet," according to the report.

Peryam was taken to the Monroe County Detention Center on Stock Island, where she remained Wednesday under no bail.

On March 28, 2011, Peryam was given a notice to appear in court on a second-degree misdemeanor petty theft charge after a Marathon Publix manager accused her of leaving the grocery store without paying for an $8.49 sandwich.

Peryam and a friend described the incident as a misunderstanding, telling the manager that both had the money and intended to pay for the sandwich, but each left the store thinking the other had done so, according to a Sheriff's Office arrest report.

That citation was dismissed and expunged from her record after Peryam successfully completed pretrial intervention, according to clerk of the court and State Attorney's Office records.

Pretrial intervention is a probationary-type program aimed at curbing jail time for low-level or first-time offenders.

Sheriff Bob Peryam is finishing up his first and last term, deciding not to run for re-election. He did not return phone calls seeking comment for this story.

Last year, after Allison Peryam was cited at Publix, Sheriff Peryam sent The Citizen this statement: "She is my daughter, I love her and stand by her, but she is an adult who has to deal with the criminal justice system just like anyone else."

Allison Peryam's arraignment had not been scheduled as of Wednesday. The third-degree felony charge carries a maximum of five years in prison.

alinhardt@keysnews.com

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