Providence man sentenced for conspiracy to defraud Home Depot

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Providence man was sentenced Thursday for participating in a conspiracy to defraud Home Depot out of over $500,000 in tools and business supplies.

According to charging documents, Luiyi Taveras-Garcia, 35, admitted to being part of a large scheme that used stolen or fraudulently created business credit accounts to steal $600,000 in supplies.

Building, roofing, electrical, plumbing and other contractor supplies were stolen from Home Depot stores in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

He also told a federal judge that he bought construction materials for his roofing business from another conspiracy member who got those materials from Home Depot with the use of stolen credit information.

A spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha said Taveras-Garcia was sentenced to 12 months and a day of incarceration and three years of federal supervised release.

Additionally, Taveras-Garcia was ordered to pay $46,749 in restitutions to Citibank.

The spokesperson said another defendant charged for participating in the conspiracy, 29-year-old Abel Romero, is awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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