An Omaha man is going to prison for a quick-change scam at a Walmart in Columbus.
The Columbus Telegram says Monday that a Platte County judge sentenced Gary Kennedy to 18 months to three years in prison for theft by deception.
Kennedy was accused of swindling the store out of more than $400 during two bogus transactions in 2010.
According to police, the scam typically starts when a suspect buys an inexpensive item with a large bill, often a $50 or $100.
Once the employee provides change, the suspect makes a second
transaction or asks for change in difference bills. The point is to confuse the employee and get a larger amount of change.
Kennedy's conviction was his sixth, which elevated the charge to a felony.