A federal judge in Kansas City on Monday sentenced an Arkansas man to 30 months in prison for using a bar code switching scheme to steal $257,000 from Wal-Mart stores.
Carlton D. Newsome, 35, of Smackover, Ark., pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.
Newsome’s crimes spanned four years and involved Wal-Mart stores in 12 states, according to federal prosecutors. The scheme involved switching bar codes from less expensive embroidery machines onto more expensive machines. He would then buy the machines at the cheaper prices and then sell them online for much more than he paid.
Besides the prison term, Newsome’s sentence also involved paying $257,000 in restitution, and he was also banned from entering any Wal-Mart store for three years after he is released from prison.