Police in Arizona thought they were busting an ordinary case of a fraudulent return this week until some digging discovered the same 23-year-old man has perpetrated the scheme at thousands of Walmart stores across the country.
Thomas Frudaker, 23, was arrested on Wednesday in Yuma after store employees reported a suspicious transaction to police. YPD suspects Frudaker removed parts of the computer before returning it.
An investigation revealed that Frudaker is suspected of doing the same thing earlier the same day at another Walmart located in Yuma.
A Walmart spokesperson declined to confirm the figure, but said that the company has been working with law enforcement for several months to apprehend the individual responsible for the returns.
Thomas Frudaker, 23, has been charged with six felonies resulting from fraudulent returns to Walmart.
Return fraud is a major problem in the retail industry, costing retailers up to $17 billion annually in the US. He is being held on $40,000 bond, and is scheduled for a court hearing to take place Monday at 1 p.m. MST.
Fight to legalise cannabis oil after ordeal of epileptic Billy
A boy with severe epilepsy, who was admitted to hospital after his medical cannabis oil was confiscated , has been discharged. The 12-year-old was using prescribed cannabis oil to treat epileptic seizures until the Home Office blocked its prescription.
Epileptic boy, 12, will get cannabis oil
It contains an artificial version of THC and can be given to cancer patients to help relieve nausea during chemotherapy. Charlotte Caldwell has moved her son Billy to London to continue their fight for access to medical cannabis.