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San Diego man arrested in complex bar code scam

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Prosecutors say a San Diego man has been charged in a sophisticated scheme in which he allegedly replaced bar codes on expensive merchandise to make it ring up at lower prices.

Forty-two-year-old Steve Allen Koski was arraigned Thursday on 11 felonies, including grand theft and burglary charges.

Prosecutors say Koski replaced legitimate bar codes on copper wire and expensive merchandise with counterfeit codes that scanned at lower prices at Lowe's and Home Depot stores.

Koski allegedly used this scheme to buy wire for up to $90 and resold it for up to $300 at recycling centers.

He's accused of netting more than $180,000 from the scheme.

Koski is being held on $250,000 bail.


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