Mexican Citizen Sentenced In Home Depot Scam

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ An illegal immigrant has been sentenced in Kansas to two years in federal prison for taking part in a scam that victimized Home Depot stores across the country.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 40-year-old Manuel Gonzalez Gonzalez faces deportation to Mexico when he finishes the sentence he received Tuesday, although he's also charged with a similar crime in California.

Prosecutors said the scam involved stealing merchandise from Home Depot stores, then returning the goods with counterfeit or discarded receipts and receiving in-store credit cards for the merchandise.

Gonzalez was arrested on Interstate 70 in northwestern Kansas last December. A Highway Patrol trooper reported finding hundreds of the Home Depot cards, worth a total of about $69,000.


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