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Man Accused Of Stealing More Than $600,000 From Walmart Stores

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File photo of a Walmart. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a Walmart. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A South Carolina man is accused of stealing more than $600,000 from Walmart stores across three states.

The Charlotte Observer reports that 49-year-old Robert Milton faked store refund transactions over the past three years totaling $624,000 at Walmart stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The Blacksburg, S.C., native is facing federal charges of wire fraud, trafficking in counterfeit goods and conspiracy to traffic.

Federal investigators found more than 1,000 counterfeit DVDs, 1,000 counterfeit copies of Microsoft software and nearly 2,000 pre-paid gift cards in a Cleveland County storage unit, according to the Observer.

A Homeland Security investigator tells The Associated Press that Milton’s operation included $115,000 in fraudulently returned computer software, $95,000 in DVDs, and $46,000 in cheap fishing rods that were exchanged for costly ones.

Milton faces up to 40 years in prison and a $3 million fine. He is currently being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail.

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