- Associated Press - Sunday, May 17, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Two New York City men have been convicted of roles in a scheme that defrauded Home Depot stores out of more than $250,000.

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say 74-year-old Renauld Medard and 30-year-old Wesly Dieudonne, both of Brooklyn, used an elaborate “double-dipping” scheme.

As part of the scheme, prosecutors say Medard and Dieudonne purchased various items from Home Depot stores in five states. The men would then make another visit and compile identical sets of goods as listed in receipts from previous purchases.

Under the guise that they had forgotten to purchase an item, usually an inexpensive one, they used the receipts to trick cashiers into believing that the new sets of goods had already been purchased.

They would eventually return many of the items that had been stolen in the scheme. Prosecutors say that from July 2009 through November 2011, the two men fraudulently obtained Home Depot store credit and refunds totaling more than $250,000.

Each man was convicted Friday on four counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. They face lengthy prison terms when they are sentenced July 30.


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