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New Jersey man gets probation term for role in multistate Home Depot theft ring

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NEWARK, New Jersey — A New Jersey man involved in a multistate theft ring that stole from Home Depot stores has been spared a prison sentence.

Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Daniel Chalet, of Bloomfield, was ordered Monday to serve three years of probation. He also must pay $472,465.49 in restitution.

Chalet had pleaded guilty in January 2014 to wire fraud conspiracy.

Prosecutors say he conspired with others to defraud numerous Home Depot stores in seven states — including New Jersey — through an elaborate "double-dipping" scheme.

Prosecutors say Chalet and his co-conspirators would fill two carts with identical items, but pay for only one cart. They would later remove the second cart from the store, using their receipt to show they had "paid" for the items.

They would then return the items for refunds.

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