Man sentenced to federal prison time after defrauding Walmart of more than $257,000

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Arkansas man was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison without parole on Monday after defrauding Walmart stores more than $257,195. A release from the United States Attorney’s Office stated that Carlton D. Newsome, 35, of Smack Over, Ark. switched bar codes on embroidery machines to purchase expensive machines at a reduced rate from the store. Newsome would in turn sell the machines on eBay for profit.

Newsome pleaded guilty to wire fraud in March for the scheme where he ripped off Walmart stores in 12 states between December of 2004 and July of 2008. In addition to prison time, Newsome has been barred from entering any Walmart store for a three-year period after he is released. He has also been ordered to pay the company full restitution.

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