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Lancaster man sentenced for using fake bar codes to get deals at stores

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (WTAQ) - A southwest Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 14 months in a federal prison for using fake bar codes to get big price breaks at a number of stores. 

27-year-old Jeremy Fishnick of Lancaster was sentenced Wednesday by Federal Judge Linda Reade in Cedar Rapids Iowa. He'll spend three years under a supervised release when he leaves prison, and he must pay $33,000 in restitution. 

Fishnick admitted printing his own UPC codes on labels, and covering them over the actual codes to get large discounts on hardware and equipment. 

In one case, Fishnick bought an $890 welding unit for just under $150. It happened between July and November of last year at stores in Prairie du Chien and six Iowa cities including Dubuque. 

Fishnick struck a plea deal this summer. He pleaded guilty in early July to a single count of wire fraud.