MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. – A woman accused of scamming Walmart stores across the Carolinas out of thousands of dollars went before a judge for the first time Tuesday.

Authorities said Valerie Davis posed as a “mystery shopper” at stores in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Eyewitness News anchor Brittney Johnson was inside the courtroom during Davis’ initial appearance. The federal indictment breaks down the elaborate scheme authorities said she pulled off for months before being caught in the Carolinas.

Authorities said Davis was pretending to be a “mystery shopper” when she hit a string of Walmart stores.

They said she entered stores, shopped like a regular customer and asked cashiers about store policies.

Then, the indictment states she allegedly told them she was a “Mystery Shopper” and…