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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 1, 2016

Baltimore Man Sentenced for Role in Home Depot Shoplifting Ring

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Christopher Lee Miller, 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for wire fraud conspiracy.

Miller pleaded guilty on April 7, 2016. According to court documents, Miller was a member of a shoplifting ring that targeted Home Depot stores in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Miller and his co-conspirators would steal merchandise from Home Depot stores and then return the stolen merchandise without a receipt. In exchange, they would receive store credit, which they sold for cash. Over the course of five years, Miller helped to defraud Home Depot of approximately $140,000 in store credit.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Brian J. Ebert, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler McGaughey prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15-cr-210.

Updated July 5, 2016