EAGLE - The Eagle man who made $41,492 in fraudulent refunds pleaded not guilty on Thursday, April 20, in Waukesha County Court. Ryan M. Krocka, 35, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over for trail.

Krocka was charged with theft — false representation for crimes in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. He allegedly sold gift cards at a lower cost to make a profit.

According to the criminal complaint, the city of Waukesha Police Department was contacted by the corporate investigator of the Northern Division from Home Depot, who alleged that there was a refund fraud involving Krocka.

The criminal complaint said Krocka would go into Home Depot stores and return items at the customer service desk for gift cards.

The complaint said he admitted to taking merchandise from Home Depot stores in Waukesha, Delafield, Mukwonago, West Allis and Wauwatosa without paying for the items and returned the items for store credit.

Krocka stated he would then sell the cards for 50 cents to 60 cents on the dollar, the complaint said. He stated that he would advertise these gift cards on Craigslist, according to the complaint.

Krocka would split his returns into two different in-store credit cards to keep the values on the cards low enough to avoid detection, the complaint alleged.

He is scheduled for a court hearing on June 12.

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