A Lasell University track star and jewelry store employee was accused of stealing nearly $550,000 from her employer, and funneling the money towards purchases of a Tesla in addition to a trip to Hawaii.
NBC10 Boston reported that 19-year-old Ariel Foster, a Fields Corner native, was charged with larceny and arraigned last Friday in Woburn District Court. After a not guilty plea, she was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to stay away from her employer, the Lovisa store inside Burlington Mall.
According to the news station, a police investigation “determined that on three dates in February, items scanned at the register had their price increased, and the cost of the item was then refunded to a credit card belonging to Foster.
She allegedly spent $35,000 on a Tesla, $6,000 on a Delta Airlines trip and $20,000 on a five-star hotel in Hawaii. Another $5,000 went towards Louis Vuitton purchases.
“Burlington police, Boston police and Lasell University police executed search warrants at Foster’s residence and her dormitory at the university in Newton on Wednesday (March 8). She was taken into custody without incident.
The Reporter profiled Foster, a Boston Arts Academy graduate, in February, when she talked about buying herself a Tesla after she received her third “Rookie of the Week” recognition from the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. She claimed to the Reporter she was working on a criminal justice degree while holding down two jobs, one at a women’s store and another selling life insurance.