An Indiana couple has admitted to scamming roughly $1.2 million in merchandise from Amazon.
Investigators have described the scheme as “elaborate.”
The duo said it all started when they began to order expensive electronics, such as Go Pro cameras and video game consoles from the retailer. And while ordering things from Amazon is certainly not illegal, claiming the packages never arrived and demanding a refund, or replacement merchandise, is a crime.
Authorities say the couple created “hundreds” of false identities so they could keep the scam going!!
Police caught up with them after they learned that some of the stolen goods were being sold on the black market.
US Attorney John Minkler, who was overseeing the prosecution of the case, said that consumer fraud impacts all Americans through higher retail prices.
In addition to accepting a plea deal (which could still land them 20 years behind bars), they’ll need to repay Amazon $1.2 million.
Original article: Couple admits fleecing Amazon out of $1.2 million
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