A couple from Indiana pleaded guilty for swindling online retailer giant Amazon of more than $1.2 million. How were they able to pull it of? Well it seems they indulged themselves in the lenient return policy of the company, which allowed them to receive brand new replacement goods for free.
The charges to Erin and Leah Finan started pouring in May 2017 when they reported receiving damaged items when they truly did not. This led to them receiving replacement goods and eventually making money out of it by selling the brand new merchandise at a lower price.
According to the Star Press, the two pleaded guilty of money laundering and mail fraud in the US District Court in Indianapolis.
As Amazon has considerate return policy, such that, it allows some customers to receive replacement items before sending the original back, the Finans were able to go on and perform their deceitful ways from 2014 to 2017. In total, they were able to obtain more than 2,100 brand new items like Microsoft Xboxes, GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Surface tablets and Samsung smartwatches. As per the indictment, acquiring all these items and more resulted in the couple receiving a total of $1,218,504.
The stealing amounted to millions
While the policy states that they need to return the original items back, the couple, both 37, did not do so. Instead, they sold the so-called damaged electronics at a price way below what retail stores offer. They specifically transacted with another person, who paid them about $725,000 during the span of three years.
Of course, Amazon monitors these types of activities, but the Finans are so clever, they went as far as creating hundreds of false online identities, ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>says US Attorney Josh Minkler.
Amazon's Generous Return Policy Got Them In The Dumps
In the end, joint investigation performed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Indiana State Police led to the arrest of the couple.
Now, the guilty pair is in the midst of receiving a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail, as well as a fine of $500,00 and a supervised living condition three years after their release.
As per their plea terms, the couple put off their right to appeal any sentence under 97 months.
Speeding Pickup Truck Mows Down Family Of Six Leaving An Orphaned Toddler
A horrific tragedy that shouldn’t have happened
It's an unspeakable tragedy that shouldn't have happened, and people are outraged and saddened by it after seeing the CCTV footage online. Just recently, a family of six was mowed down by a speeding pickup truck in Liuyang, China, and only one member of the family survived - a male toddler.
The horrific incident shouldn't have happened as the family - a mother and father holding the hands of their four children - were walking on a non-motorized lane. The motorized lanes to their left were also very free and there were barely any cars, so the family should have been safe.
But suddenly, a speeding pickup truck appeared behind the family.
Judge Asks Accused Mom’s Daughter To Decide Her Charges, Her Point Of Defense Had The Court Laughing
A daughter was given the chance to defend her mom in court but everyone was laughing when she started explaining.
The innocence and honesty of children combined can oftentimes result to unexpected humor and they can be of great help inside the court too! Another case was just resolved by a popular municipal judge of Providence, Rhode Island with the help of yet another kid who had the entire courtroom laughing at her witty judgment.
Judge Frank Caprio stars in the television series “Caught in Providence” where he handles a bunch traffic violations and some other small claims. If you happen to follow the show, you will know how the 80-year-old judge can be merciful and understanding to people who make mistakes.
This kid joins Judge Carpio in front of the court to help him decide on the charges to be pressed against her mom.
Social Experiment Shows How Cops React When White Guy vs Black Guy Carries Rifle In Public
A white guy and a black guy walked on the streets carrying the same assault rifle. They get different reactions from the police!
Racism is always disgusting and the sad truth is that even law enforcers are guilty of it sometimes. Unfortunately, blatant racial profiling still happens often and we see a solid proof of that in the viral video below.
As you will see in this shocking social experiment, the way some police officers handled the exact same scenario varied greatly - depending on the race of the person being apprehended.