Feds: Man defrauded CT Lowe’s stores out of more than $21,000

A New York man admitted he used fake credit cards to defraud Lowe’s home improvement stores in several states, including Connecticut, of more than $180,000 when he pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday, federal authorities said.

Larell David, 30, of New York, N.Y., pleaded guilty to one count of access device fraud, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.

Between July 2017 and March 2018, David produced more than 100 counterfeit credit cards under the name “Kevin Douglas,” but put legitimate credit card numbers belonging to others on the cards, authorities said. He then used those cards to make more than 350 purchases of gift cards and items from Lowe’s stores.

Authorities say he targeted 15 stores in Connecticut, as well as various others in Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Florida.

Most of his transactions involved store merchandise and more Lowe’s gift cards in the amount of about $400.

Through the scheme, authorities said, Lowe’s suffered a loss of $183,576.05, “including more than $21,000 in fraudulent transactions conducted at 15 Lowe’s locations in Connecticut.”

David was arrested on Jan. 16, 2019. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

He is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing, which the judge scheduled for Dec. 8.

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