Amazon Sends Return Policy Abusers To Jail
To those who think they can outsmart Amazon’s return policy, think again as three people in the US are heading to prison for defrauding Amazon.
The three individuals defrauded the company with approximately US$1.2m worth of consumers electronics.
Between 2014 and 2016, the three individuals stole and sold over 2,700 consumer electronics ranging from GoPros, Samsung smartwatches, MacBooks, Xboxes and Microsoft Surface Tablets.
The individuals would receive the items and falsely claim what they ordered were damaged or not working and asking for replacements at no charge. They would then go on to sell those items.
Erin Finan, 38, and Leah Finan, 38, husband and wife pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges, and were sentenced to 71 months and 68 months in prison, respectively.
Danijel Glumac, 29, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to money laundering and to fencing the items the Finans stole – that is, buying and selling stolen property across state lines – and was sentenced to 24 months in prison.
US attorney Josh Minkler says, “Consumer fraud not only unjustly enriches the perpetrator, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices.
“To those who seek to exploit the convenience of online shopping through fraud, remember this case. You will be caught. You will be prosecuted. And you will go to federal prison for a long time.”