- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A Salem man faces federal charges that he defrauded Home Depot by returning items that he never purchased.

Federal prosecutors say 56-year-old Robert Dooley would go into stores take items off the shelves and then bring them to the return desk seeking store credit.

They say he did this more than 40 times in January and February at stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine, racking up more than $35,000 in fraudulent returns.

Dooley was charged Thursday with wire fraud and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court. He did not immediately return a phone call to his home seeking comment.

Dooley was sentenced in 2007 to five years in prison after being convicted of defrauding Home Depot of more than $330,000 in a similar scheme.

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