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Former AT&T employee arrested for “buying” iPhones and charging them to closed accounts, including one account belonging to a deceased man

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Ron’kel Marquis Corley, 33, was arrested overnight and charged with grand theft and identity theft after an AT&T store reported the theft of 12 iPhones, valued at $15,402.

An AT&T investigator contacted Gainesville Police Department (GPD) about an ex-employee stealing phones from the store at 6110 NW 4th Place. The investigation began because family members of the account holders complained that they received very high bills with charges for phones and lines they did not purchase.

One victim’s account was closed by a family member in March 2022 after the account holder passed away. The family member reportedly said that she worked with Corley to close the account, but the investigator found that the account was never closed. The investigator found three transactions on the victim’s account in March for two phones in each case, a total of six iPhone 13s, and Corley was reportedly the cashier for all the transactions. AT&T also provided GPD with security footage that reportedly shows Corley working at a terminal at the times of the transactions without a customer at the counter. The video also reportedly shows Corley going to the store locker area and removing phones at those times.

The second victim’s account was closed at the same store in February 2022. The investigator found three transactions for a total of six iPhone 13s in February on that account, and Corley was reportedly the cashier for all the transactions.

The phones have not been located. Corley reportedly has an extensive history of pawning smartphones, but not recently.

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Corley has been charged with grand theft over $10,000, scheme to defraud and obtain property, and two counts of criminal use of a person’s identification information to commit fraud, all felonies. The arrest warrant recommends bail of $105,000, but the jail site says he is being held on $40,000 bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • 33 and still can’t keep a decent job, has to steal now? Stereotypes keep winning, anyway.

    • Stereotypes are not winning anything! I resent that because you see a black man making several bad choices. That’s not all black men or black people in general. Lots of young white people and other races make bad choices also but you probably don’t accuse them of being stereotypical? When you have more white folk on welfare than blacks. You could have kept that comment to yourself. Also educate yourself on black history and see that black people are more than thieves, rappers and pimps coming from single parent homes in the ghetto. We are descendants of Kings and Queens, brilliant inventors, doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, professors, millionaires and billionaires, farmers, married, and lately a President, Vice President, and a Supreme Court Justice more qualified to sit on that beach than her peers, or predecessors. So please go spread that and put some respect on our people and focus on the positive not the negative. Don’t major in minors Jeff.

  • Well, if dead people can vote why can’t they have a cell phone?

    That’s about all I got to say about that.

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