A federal grand jury has indicted a man from Mexico and accused him of running a “ticket switch” scam at Home Depot stores here and across the country.
The two-count indictment charges Luis Alcalar Vasquez, 36, with possessing false identification documents and unauthorized access devices.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana said Vasquez obtained high-end merchandise at the stores by scanning bar codes for lower priced items at self-check-out stations but taking more expensive items out of the stores.
Campana said Vasquez would then return the higher ticketed items to another Home Depot in return for store value cards.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.