Pair arrested in multi-state Walmart scam


Synczre Amir Dyson, 19, was brought from the Marion County Jail to the Alachua County Jail on May 27 on warrants for three cases in which he and three other co-defendants allegedly scammed Walmart cashiers out of thousands of dollars.

The scam consisted of using a debit card to buy a small item, such as a drink, at a register. When the transaction was declined, they allegedly told the cashier that the card would only process as a cash transaction. In an “aggressive manner that confused the cashier,” they told the cashier to hit the cash button on the register, then pull cash out of the register and add it to the transaction, like a debit purchase. The cashier would then hand the cash to one of the men, but no card transaction was recorded. Their method allegedly allowed them to obtain as much as $500 in cash per transaction.

During one transaction, the defendants allegedly tried to use their method to “buy” two laptops, but the cashier was suspicious and called over a manager. One of the men could be seen “getting upset and aggressive” and attempting to walk off with the laptops, but he was stopped by the manager, and the laptops were retrieved. The man allegedly tried to convince the manager that he was using the debit card to purchase the laptops, but he was ultimately denied.

The same defendants were arrested in Ocala in December for running the same scam at a Walmart in Ocala, and they reportedly had receipts from Gainesville Walmart stores in their possession. According to Ocala Police Department, the group has run the same scam in multiple states between Flint, Michigan, and Ocala.

Dyson has been charged with three incidents in Gainesville in December of 2021 and is being held on $90,000 bail.

One of the other defendants, Dedric Willis-Jackson, 20, was picked up in a jail in Tennessee on April 19 and brought to the Alachua County jail on charges in five Gainesville cases. He has reached a plea deal on three counts of Scheme to Defraud and was sentenced to 150 days in jail with credit for 84 days served, followed by 18 months of probation, with adjudication withheld. The defendants together will owe restitution of $3,636 to Walmart stores in Gainesville.

The two other defendants were minors at the time of the scam, and no information is available on their status.

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. 

  • Oh go ahead and let them out again. I’m sure they won’t do it again. Right?

    • But only let them out free if they promise! And then register on the web site camel-toe Harris endorsed for free bail next time if they get trapped by the man. Not their fault.

    • These BLM don’t matter yes let them rot in jail maybe they might learn something because out of jail they sure aren’t learning anything!

  • That’s their mistakes to make, if they don’t learn then that’s their decision they don’t need people like you judging being sarcastic about letting them free again . Turn the tables and what if you did something stupid like this or made a mistake you would want a chance to redeem yourself wouloyou?

    • The issues is others won’t make this mistake because it wasn’t a mistake after multiple times. Very ignorant to think otherwise

      • It’s too late for them now cause they just be ignorant. They needed to get their ass whipped by they
        Mama. Probably can’t read at the 3rd grade level
        Because of the public school system. Monique
        Be defending them cause they prolly all be her baby daddy. So, what we suppose to do, keep them in
        Jail forever? Really. Nah! You ain’t never heard of
        Street justice?

    • How many times is it a mistake and when is it considered intentional? No don’t keep them in jail forever but the old work farms might be the right thing or cleaning the side of the road like a chain gang doing good in the community! Might help them change their attitude!

  • Amounts to a slap on the wrist should have to spend a couple years in prison like a white person would

  • That’s what happens when u have liberal judges who don’t want to keep these thieves in jail.. it might damage them. And this is from a democrat

  • It sounds like one turned on the other in exchange for a plea deal with a lighter sentence. The second one could very well get a stiffer sentence.

  • Sad young people 😢 😞 scam is lieing not the truth. Gods disciple no….sinful acts indeed. Less is more. Stealing lieing is. wrong. Repent cliff notes to a better life.

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