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Man, 23, 'defrauded Walmart out of $1.3M by buying laptops and removing parts before returning them'


A man suspected of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the US has been apprehended in Arizona.

Thomas Frudaker, 23, was arrested on Wednesday in Yuma after store employees reported a suspicious transaction to police.   

Frudaker had gone to the store to return a laptop from which police believe he had removed certain parts, according to Yuma Police Department spokeswoman Edith Ruiz.

Investigators suspect he has pulled the same scam at hundreds of stores in the last 18 months, costing Walmart an estimated $1.3million.  

Thomas Frudaker, 23, was arrested at a Walmart in Yuma, Arizona, after he had tried to return a laptop from which police believe he had removed certain parts

He is currently being held at the Yuma County Detention Center

Thomas Frudaker, 23, was arrested at a Walmart in Yuma, Arizona, after he had tried to return a laptop from which police believe he had removed certain parts

Frudaker was arrested at the Walmart location on Avenue B, and police say he had made a similar return at another store on Avenue 8 A the very same day.

The 23-year-old is currently being held at the Yuma County Detention Center on multiple charges, including fraudulent schemes.

His bond has been set at $40,000 and he does not have an attorney listed.  

Employees at the Yuma Walmart pictured reported Frudaker's suspicious transaction to police

Employees at the Yuma Walmart pictured reported Frudaker’s suspicious transaction to police



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