Back in January Don Hare wanted to help someone who appeared to have the motivation and drive to work at Liberty Tax Service in Humble.
Hare says, "I was devastated. He was a young man who came here and said he was working to become a pastor and he wanted to do some marketing."
But Houston investigators say 29 year old Brandyn Christopher Pierce had other plans. Plans he put into action less than a week after he was hired by Hare at Liberty.
"Apparently, he's done it before and he actually told me that he took the cards right out of my general manager's desk copied them down and used them, " says Hare.
Pierce, who was a volunteer at the MLK Grande Parade this year while working at Liberty, allegedly used the stolen corporate credit cards from the tax company to pay for services related to the annual event.
That's because the organizer of the MLK Grande Parade says Pierce pocketed the cash he was originally supposed to use to pay for services.
Michelle Jou, who owns Ad Vision Signs with her husband, said Pierce came in using that stolen credit card to buy signs and banners for the MLK parade. Signs that totaled $1850.
For weeks Jou and her husband were left holding the bag. She says that's because Pierce walked away with signs before they knew the credit cards were stolen.
Jou says, "my heart went out to each person involved but to bring Dr. King name into as well just made it that much worse."
Hare says Pierce didn't stop with just buying signs on the credit cards. He also allegedly paid for a large block of rooms for a performing band at the Hilton Post Oak. He's also accused of wining and dining dignitaries who participated in the parade.
Hare says, "he used two of my cards on at least two occasions and now we're finding out other cards are being used throughout the city."
The President of the MLK Grande Parade Charles Stamps declined to go on camera to address the issue...but he did release a statement:
Steps Have Been Taken And Measures Have Been Instituted To Mitigate Incidents Of This Nature From Repeating Themselves.
As for Pierce - he's a man on the run...HPD says he failed to turn himself in and they need help to track him down.