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Man charged with cheating Home Depot stores, including in Maryland, out of $300,000 with door-return scam

Maryland, (Qnnflash) – A man from Connecticut has been accused of obtaining nearly $300,000 in fraudulent Home Depot credit by engaging in a scheme across several states, including Maryland. According to federal prosecutors, Alexandre Henrique Costa-Mota, 26, from West Hartford, Connecticut, would dress as a contractor and visit Home Depot stores, where he would take expensive doors without paying and then return them without a receipt.

Costa-Mota allegedly loaded doors worth hundreds of dollars each onto a lumber cart, took them to the service department, and attempted to return them without a receipt. If the return was denied, he would take the doors without paying and try to return them at another store. The scheme involved Home Depot stores in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Prosecutors claim that between June 2021 and February 2022, Costa-Mota was granted approximately 370 fraudulent store credits.

After his arrest, Costa-Mota appeared in federal court in Rhode Island, where a judge entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf. He is facing charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Costa-Mota has been detained without bail. His attorney has not yet provided any comment on the allegations.

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