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Wisconsin man rips off retailers with fake bar codes

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A Grant County man has pleaded guilty to using fake bar codes, to get big discounts on thousands-of-dollars of hardware and equipment at stores in Wisconsin and Iowa. Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster pleaded guilty to wire fraud yesterday in a federal courtroom in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He admitted printing U-P-C codes for less expensive products, and covering them over the real codes for more expensive items so he could buy them for the lower prices.

In one case Fishnick bought an $890 welding unit for just under $150.

Authorities said the scheme caused $30,000 in losses at stores in Prairie du Chien and six locations in Iowa, including Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.