(Vevay, Ind.) - Two men from Vevay are accused of a vast scam which involved switching barcodes on items purchased at Home Depot stores across the country.
David Cameron and Carson Cameron are facing federal charges of mail fraud and wire fraud, the Associated Press reports. U.S. Secret Service investigators alleged the Camerons scammed Home Depot stores in 20 states out of more than $1.3 million over four years by switching bar codes before purchasing items.
The stores they victimized were located in Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Illinois, New York, and elsewhere. The Camerons' scheme began in November 2007 and ran through August 2011, the AP report stated.
After purchasing the items at a wrongly-reduced price, the men then allegedly profited by selling the items online, often through eBay.
A secret service agent said that in one instance the men switched the price on a tankless water heater that normally sold for $749 at a Home Depot store in Louisville. After buying the item for $200, the men sold it over the internet to a buyer in Texas for $565.
David and Carson Cameron were arrested Wednesday, August 21. They were released from jail on $25,000 bond each. The pair remains on in-home incarceration until a federal grand jury hears the case against them on Thursday, September 5th.