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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
B&Q scammer sold goods on eBay
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A Belfast man scammed almost 250,000 worth of goods from B&Q and sold them on internet site eBay.

Philip Dumigan used fake barcodes which registered a lower price when he brought the items to the cashdesk.

A judge said the 36-year-old, from Tildarg Crescent, had been involved in a sophisticated scam which had required careful planning.

Dumigan, a father-of-three, was jailed for three years and placed on a year's post-custodial supervision.

The fraud was carried out at various B&Q stores across Northern Ireland, Belfast Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

The goods amounted to 247,000 and involved 450 items, most of which Dumigan sold on eBay.

He was stopped in February last year by security staff at the B&Q store at Sprucefield on suspicion of theft.

Police who searched his home found a large number of power tools, showers and other goods.

The scam was carried out over a two-year period, making an estimated profit of about 100,000.

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