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Bed Bath & Beyond assistant manager in Simpsonville indicted

A Simpsonville man who worked as an assistant manager at Bed Bath & Beyond is accused of defrauding the retailer of nearly $82,000, federal prosecutors said this week.

Kelvin Abney, 49, was charged with two counts of mail fraud in Greenville federal court, according to court documents.

An indictment alleges Abney purchased used or broken items from various places and exchanged them for new items, such as a Roomba vacuum cleaner, at Bed Bath & Beyond stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

The indictment alleges that contrary to company policy, Abney didn't identify himself as a Bed Bath & Beyond employee when making the returns.

Abney then sold the items obtained from Bed Bath & Beyond on eBay, the indictment alleges.

Approximately $81,902 of Bed Bath & Beyond merchandise was obtained while executing the scheme, which lasted about two years, according to court documents.

The maximum penalty for mail fraud is 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said in a statement.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Nettles said.

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