Supervalu Seeks Funds From Alleged Wire Fraud

Supervalu is seeking the return of millions of dollars it said it was duped into sending to accounts in Florida and Arkansas to entities that represented themselves as suppliers.

BOISE, Idaho — Supervalu is seeking the return of millions of dollars it said it was duped into sending to accounts in Florida and Arkansas to entities that represented themselves as suppliers. In court documents filed in U.S. District Court here that were recently unsealed, the Minneapolis-based wholesaler, which last year acquired most of the Albertsons chain, which was based here, said it paid more than $6.5 million to a phony American Greetings account and nearly $3.6 million to a phony Frito-Lay account. The alleged crime appears to have been conducted through email. The actual suppliers also are laying claim to the funds, according to the filings. In a prepared statement, Supervalu said it “was the target of attempted financial fraud. Due to our internal controls and processes, we were able to quickly discover and report this to the FBI. As a result of the quick work of the Boise FBI Office and the U.S. Attorney, any funds lost are minimal.”

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