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Walmart Shopper Allegedly Made Fraudulent Returns At More Than 1,000 Stores, Costing $1.3 Million

Thomas Frudaker got arrested after allegedly trying to return a laptop he bought at another Walmart.

By Eric Shorey

Those everyday low prices added up.

An Arizona man has been arrested after Walmart accused him of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 of its stores across the country, totalling about $1.3 million.

Thomas Frudaker, of Yuma, was arrested Wednesday, according to according to KYMA in Yuma. He was caught after stores noticed he had attempted to return a laptop to a Walmart in Yuma. He had purchased the computer the same day at a different Walmart in Yuma.

Police suspect Frudaker, 23, had bought the device, removed essential parts, and then attempted to return the computer at the full price. 

Frudaker has been suspected of making similar transactions at more than 1,000 Walmart locations throughout the United States. Police did not provide details about the specifics of the other transactions. The returns are suspected to have been made within the past 18 months and may have cost the big box chain more than a million dollars.

Frudaker has been accused of six felony charges: Two counts of fraudulent schemes, two counts of criminal damage, and two counts of theft. His bond has been set for $40,000. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon.

Frudaker is being held at the Yuma County Detention Center and does not currently have an attorney listed, according to The Associated Press.

Walmart has not commented on his case. Fraudaker has also not commented on the matter.

People with information about the crimes are being asked to call the Yuma Police Department at (928) 373-4700.

[Photo: Yuma County Sheriff's Office]

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