Sentencing set for man in Home Depot fraud

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man is returning to federal court for his sentence in a scheme to get more than $300,000 in refunds from Home Depot stores across the country.

Larry Fields admits that he and others took bar code stickers off inexpensive items and placed them on goods that cost much more. The items were returned to Home Depot with the higher price bar code.

The refunds were put on Home Depot store cards that were peddled to others.

Fields is due in Flint federal court Thursday after pleading guilty to fraud. He could get three years in prison, although prosecutors are recommending he get some credit for taking responsibility.

A co-defendant, Christopher M. Smith, was sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison in December.

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