Indiana couple Erin and Leah Finan made off with over $1million in merchandise from Amazon.com. They have since pleaded guilty to postal fraud and money laundering charges.
The couple would abused Amazon’s customer service policy in the worst way when they claimed electronics they ordered were damaged. This allowed them to receive free replacements of items which were in fact not malfunctioning. The Finans used hundreds of false identities to order these gadgets. They would go on to sell the items they received at no cost for a profit.
The Finans essentially stole nearly 3,000 electronics. Among these items were: Xbox consoles, Samsung smartwatches, Mac Book Pros GoPro cameras, and more. The items would then be passed on to another man, Daniel Glumac, who has been sentenced to 24 months in prison.
The couple was due to be sentenced last November. This was postponed when more fraud accusations from other internet retailers came in.
“Consumer fraud not only unjustly enriches the perpetrator, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices,” said US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Josh Minkler, in a statement.
“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.”
Erin Finan was sentenced to 71 months in prison and his wife to 68 months.