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Man arrested for $1.3 million in fraudulent returns to Walmart, police say

Posted: 11:18 PM, Jun 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-16 12:53:55Z

A man accused of committing fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmarts across the United States was arrested in Yuma Wednesday afternoon.

According to Yuma police officials, 23-year-old Thomas Frudaker was apprehended and taken into custody after officers responded to reports of a fraudulent transaction.

Police say Frudaker was at Walmart to return a computer he had purchased earlier. Detectives believe Frudaker removed parts from the computer before making the return.

During their investigation, officers discovered that Frudaker had committed a similar return earlier in the day at a nearby Walmart, and at more than 1000 Walmarts across the United States over an 18 month period. 

These fraudulent returns have resulted in a loss of $1.3 million to Walmart, officials said. 

Frudaker was arrested and is facing multiple charges including fraudulent schemes, criminal damage, and theft.