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POLK COUNTY, Iowa  —  The Polk County Board of Supervisors will meet on Tuesday for the first time since a Des Moines Register investigation was published, revealing the county gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to religious schools.

According to the Register’s investigation, the board approved grants totaling $844,000 to a one-man corporation in 2011 and 2012. The corporation then spent all the funds at Christian schools. The money came from Prairie Meadows profits. The Register says state and county laws prohibit spending that money on private schools.

Supervisor John Mauro pushed for the grants that went to the private schools. He lost a primary earlier this month and his term will end in January.

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YUMA, Ariz. – A 23-year-old Walmart shopper is accused of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 of the chain’s stores across the country.

Thomas Frudaker was arrested Wednesday. Officials said he made $1.3 million worth of fraudulent returns at Walmart stores.

Suspicion arose when Frudaker attempted to return a computer at a Walmart in Yuma, Arizona, officials said. The store reported it appeared he had taken parts out of the machine before making the return.

According to CNN affiliate KSWT, the Yuma Police Department said it found Frudaker had committed similar fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmarts over 18 months.

Frudaker faces six felony charges, including two counts of theft, two counts of fraudulent schemes and two counts of criminal damage.

His bond has been set at $40,000.