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article imageCouple arrested for UPC scam involving Walmart merchandise

By Tiffany Romine     Aug 24, 2012 in Crime
Bentonville - With several scams out in society today, a couple from Arkansas created a fake-UPC scam to receive "more bang for their buck."
As reported by 40/29 News, a couple, Robert Edward Patterson 45, and Shari Lou Loveless 51, from Bentonville, Arkansas, were sentenced in Federal Court in Fayetteville to 21 months in prison followed by three years of probation for wire fraud. The couple used fake Universal Price Code (“UPC”) stickers and placed those stickers on merchandise purchased from Walmart at a price below the products' actual face value. They then removed the fake UPC stickers and returned the merchandise to Walmart for a cash refund for the products’ full face value. The investigation led by the United States Secret Service, Joplin Police Department, and Walmart, found that they conducted this scam in three states including Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma totaling $48,000 dollars.
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