Man Accused of Scamming Home Depot Out of Nearly $300,000

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( – According to legal documents, Alexandre Henrique Costa-Mota from Connecticut has abused the non-receipt return system to defraud Home Depot out of close to $300,000.

It’s alleged that the 26-year-old man entered Home Depot stores in eight different states. At those stores, he picked up expensive doors and returned them for store credit without providing a receipt. He has now been detained without bail, and a judge has entered not guilty pleas for him. The Providence U.S. attorney’s office has noted that the charges against the man include charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud.

The incidents allegedly occurred between June 2021 and February 2022. Prosecutors say Costa-Mota walked into stores without anything in his hands and was dressed like a contractor. From there, he would just pick up Andersen doors while within the store and then give them to the store’s service department so that he could claim a non-receipted return for the doors.

He would then allegedly receive a refund in store credit that he would use in Connecticut stores or stores in close by states. In cases where the store refused to perform the return, Costa-Mota would leave the store with the Andersen doors that he had not paid for and would take them to different stores for a store credit refund.

He allegedly continued to do the same thing for more than nine months during which time he received $297,332 in store credit from the refunds.

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