Bentonville Couple Gets 21 Months For Walmart Scam

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A Bentonville husband and wife received a 21-month prison sentence Thursday for defrauding several Walmart stores in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

Robert Edward Patterson, 45, and Shari Lou Loveless, 51,  used fake UPC stickers to return Walmart items at a higher price then the couple paid for them, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

A federal judge also ordered the pair to pay $48,079.94 in restitution to Walmart.

Patterson and Loveless were arrested in October 2010 at a Walmart in Joplin, Mo. They pleaded guilty to fraud in that case, but have not yet been sentenced in Missouri, according to the Justice Department.

The couple pleaded guilty to a fraud case in January at a Muskogee, Okla., Walmart. The case was carried out in Arkansas because the fraudulent information transmitted back to the Walmart Corporate Headquarters in Bentonville.