Man indicted in Home Depot theft

LAWRENCEVILLE - Indictments came down Wednesday on a Covington man authorities said bilked a Loganville Home Depot out of more than $46,000 over several months.

Richard Fredrick Henderson, 51, is facing 53 counts of theft by taking for allegedly processing false merchandise returns and issuing false refunds on store gift cards between January and July 2008. Exactly how the alleged scam was pulled off is unclear, but Assistant District Attorney Christa Kirk said she doesn't believe any actual merchandise - stolen or otherwise - was returned for refund.

Henderson was arrested Aug. 14 and remains free on bond, jail records show.

Kirk said Henderson was a lumber manager at the Atlanta Highway store he is accused of defrauding. The 16-page indictment also names 28 co-defendants, none of whom face more than seven counts.

Kirk said she doesn't believe the co-defendants were Home Depot employees and that the relationship between them and Henderson is unclear.

"I'm not sure if they were contractors or just people he knew," Kirk said. "But I believe several of them were related to each other."

Kirk added that the investigation of multiple suspects was a combined effort.

"I will say that the city of Loganville police department and Home Depot did a good job pulling this together," she said.