As we all know, coupons are a common consumer business promotion tool, both online and offline, are very popular. Because of this, some criminals started the idea of coupons. According to foreign media reports, a woman from Virginia in the United States made fake coupons and made millions of dollars in profits. However, in the end the scam is revealed and will face legal sanctions.
According to a statement from the Justice Department of Virginia in the United States,Lori Ann Talens, 41, and her husband Pacifico, 43, made and sold fake coupons between April 2017 and May 2020, leading to retailers And the manufacturer lost approximately $31,817,997.
And with the exposure of the scam,Tarrens was eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison and was required to pay $31.8 million in damages to the manufacturers and retailers she stole.Her husband Pacifico was also sentenced to 87 months in prison for assisting in the crime and profiting from it.
The reason why Tarrens was able to make so many coupons was discovered because she not only has a background in marketing and computer design, but also has mastered the various techniques used to manipulate barcodes, so that these coupons can be used normally. .
Tarrens can create coupons for almost all grocery or drugstore products, and can create coupons of any value according to his needs.For example, for a pack of diapers for $25, she can make a coupon for $24.99.
The disclosure of the Tarrens scam benefited from information provided by the Coupon Information Company (CIC) because they found an abnormality in the coupon. First, the postal inspector Jason Thomasson (Jason Thomasson) was notified that it was suspected that someone had made and mailed a coupon through them.
However, because CIC did not provide the scale of the fraud, Thomason believed that he could not win support for the investigation. And a few months later, CIC provided another clue that was able to link a fake coupon worth about $125,000 with Tarrens.
It was this valuable clue that successfully allowed the FBI to participate in the investigation and cracked the case. And in Tarrens’s house,The police found thousands of fake coupons, a roll of coupon paper, and coupon designs for more than 13,000 products.