Crime & Courts

South Carolina man sentenced for defrauding Walmart stores in Carolinas, Georgia, Florida

Robert Michael Milton
Robert Michael Milton Mecklenburg County jail

A South Carolina man was sentenced in federal court in Charlotte this week to nearly four years in prison for scheming to defraud Walmart stores out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Robert Michael Milton, 51, of Blacksburg, has been in the Mecklenburg County jail on a federal detainer since his arrest in April 2013 in connection with the scheme.

Milton pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in the case in July 2014.

Court records show Milton obtained fraudulent refunds from numerous Walmart stores in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida over about 2 1/2 years.

He used a thermal receipt printer to manufacture counterfeit Walmart paper sales receipts, prosecutors said. The counterfeit receipts were similar to genuine Walmart receipts Milton obtained when he bought prepaid debit cards for anywhere from $500 to $1,000 apiece.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak