Title: Connecticut Man Allegedly Frauds Home Depot out of Nearly $300,000 in Door-Returning Scheme
Connecticut resident, Alexandre Henrique Costa-Mota, is under scrutiny for his alleged involvement in a door-returning scheme that saw him obtaining almost $300,000 in fraudulent Home Depot credit. The suspect, posing as a contractor, would enter various Home Depot stores in multiple states empty-handed, load pricey doors onto a lumber cart, and subsequently return them without any proof of purchase.
Prosecutors claim that Costa-Mota would receive store credits in the form of cards, which he would then redeem at other stores. This fraudulent operation supposedly took place across numerous Home Depot locations in states such as Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.
According to reports, the accused managed to acquire approximately 370 fraudulent store credits between June 2021 and February 2022. Home Depot’s return policy enables customers to return items without a receipt; however, certain measures are typically implemented to deter abuse, such as requesting identification for non-receipted returns.
Costa-Mota allegedly exploited this leniency by utilizing his own driver’s license, as well as several counterfeit licenses using different names, in order to conduct these deceptive returns. It remains unclear how the suspect managed to acquire these counterfeit licenses.
As news of this fraudulent scheme spreads, Hollywood Crap reached out to Home Depot for comments on the matter. However, the company has not yet responded to our requests.
The case serves as a concerning example of individuals taking advantage of corporate policies designed to facilitate customer satisfaction. Home Depot is likely to face scrutiny in regards to its security measures and the vulnerabilities exposed by this fraudulent activity.
Authorities have charged Costa-Mota with various offenses, including fraud and identity theft. If convicted, he could face significant penalties. The investigation is ongoing, and further developments are expected in the coming weeks.
The Hollywood Crap team will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as more information becomes available.
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