CHESTERFIELD, Mo. ( -- A 65-year-old man took advantage of his retail job to fraudulently obtain store gift cards, police said.

William Davidson of Chesterfield was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his fraudulent activities, according to court documents.

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Davidson started working at the retail store in August 2017 while completing a sentence with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He maintained the job upon his release from the Bureau of Prisons later in August 2017.

Fraud investigators noticed Davidson in surveillance tapes conducting merchandise returns to non-existent customers in the form of gift cards. They reviewed the tapes in December 2017.

Davidson used the employee number of a co-worker as well as a fictional number to perform the returns. Police said Davidson conducted the returns between August 16 and September 28, 2017.

The total loss is approximately $6,500.

Davidson pleaded guilty on August 2, 2018 to one count of access device fraud. He admitted he used the obtained gift cards to purchase items for his friends and family, according to police.

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