Eric Willis, of Brooklyn, arrested at East Garden City J.C. Penney for alleged tag-switching scheme

Authorities say they have arrested a 50-year-old Brooklyn man and charged him with grand larceny for allegedly scamming J.C. Penney. Police say Eric Willis would

Authorities say Willis would start by switching the price tags on items.

Authorities say Willis would start by switching the price tags on items. (12/27/13)

EAST GARDEN CITY - A Brooklyn man arrested at the J.C. Penney in East Garden City last night is accused of an elaborate tag-switching scheme.

Police say Eric Willis would change tags on items to buy them at a cheaper price and then return the items at other stores for gift cards. Willis would then buy things with the gift cards and ultimately return everything for a cash refund.

It’s believed Willis has been ripping off the store chain for more than four years.

He is facing grand larceny charges.
 

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