Man sentenced on 300 counts for Walmart gift card scam in Ohio

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COSHOCTON, Ohio (WCMH) – A man accused of hundreds of counts of forgery in a gift card scheme was sentenced Wednesday to a felony charge.

Ming Xue, 33, of China, faced more than 300 charges including charges of forgery and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity after being arrested at Walmart in Coshocton.

On Dec. 5, officers were at the store for a “Shop with a Cop” event. While in the store, they said they saw Xue hiding downloaded gift cards in her clothing. They later found hundreds more gift cards in Xue’s car.

Xue was accused of conspiring with others to steal downloaded gift cards, alter them, and place them back in displays. When customers purchased those altered cards, Xue and his accomplices would steal the cash loaded on them.

Xue was indicted in January and pleaded guilty in April to 299 counts of forgery and an additional count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. A Coshocton County Court of Common Pleas judge combined sentences on the charges, which totaled 4 to 6 years in prison.

The sentence also included an additional 18 to 36 months of post-release control. Xue will receive 164 days of credit toward her sentence for the days he spent in prison.