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Wilkinsburg man imprisoned for stealing $167,000 from IKEA

| Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

A federal judge sentenced a Wilkinsburg man to one year in prison on Wednesday for stealing $165,815 from IKEA, federal prosecutors said.

Senior U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond sentenced Bernard Lofton III, 25, for his conviction on computer fraud. The judge also ordered Lofton to pay the money back to his former employer.

Federal prosecutors said Lofton worked at the IKEA store in Robinson as a customer service employee. From January 2007 to January 2010, prosecutors said, he illegally altered computer records to show that purchased items had been returned when in fact they had not. Lofton would then credit a refund to his debit card.

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