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Two New York Men Each Sentenced To Over Two Years In Prison For Defrauding Home Depot Through ‘Double-Dipping’ Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – Two Brooklyn, New York, men were sentenced to prison today for fraudulently obtaining more than $250,000 through an elaborate “double-dipping” scheme that they committed at various Home Depot locations throughout the United States, including New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Renauld Medard, 75, and Wesly Dieudonne, 31, were sentenced to 30 and 28 months in prison, respectively. They were previously convicted on all counts of an indictment charging them with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and four counts of wire fraud. They were convicted following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson, who imposed the sentences today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

As part of the scheme, Medard and Dieudonne purchased various items from Home Depot locations in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Connecticut and Pennsylvania using cash, credit cards or store credit. Medard and Dieudonne also went to Home Depot stores and compiled identical sets of goods as listed in receipts from previous purchases. Under the guise that they had forgotten to purchase an item, usually an inexpensive one, they used receipts from previous purchases to deceive cashiers into believing that the new sets of goods had already been bought.

Medard and Dieudonne also went to Home Depot to return items stolen in the scheme. In some instances, they presented a receipt in order to effectuate the return. In other instances, they obtained a refund for store credit without presenting a receipt. From July 2009 through November 2011, Medard and Dieudonne fraudulently obtained Home Depot store credit and refunds totaling over $250,000.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Thompson ordered Medard to serve three years of supervised release and pay $260,477.79 in restitution. Dieudonne was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $197,632.79 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Wood in Newark, with the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David M. Eskew and Andrew D. Kogan of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel:

Medard: Robert John Haney Esq., Princeton, New Jersey

Dieudonne: Andrea Bergman Esq., Trenton

Updated March 28, 2016

Press Release Number: 16-093