Man charged with theft by deception in receipt scam

Justin Scott McGowen

An Augusta man will face charges of theft by deception after being accused of conning a local Wal-Mart out of refund money.

A Richmond County sheriff’s deputy observed Justin Scott McGowen, of Byrd Road, as he entered the Wal-Mart at 3209 Deans Bridge Road empty-handed about 2 p.m. Tuesday, an incident report said. McGowen gathered items before returning to the service desk to obtain a refund using an older receipt.

After completing the transaction – which totaled $56.72 – McGowen was escorted to the store’s security office and tried to flee before he was arrested, the report said.

McGowen told authorities that he had committed the crime several times before, the report said.

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