How does a couple steal over $1 million worth of merchandise from the world’s biggest online website?
Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, of Muncie Indiana, did just this.
The couple plead guilty to both fraud and money laundering in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis according to The Star Press.
U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said the couple had purchased hundreds of electronic items from the e-commerce site and had used hundreds of fake online identities. Items included Xbox consoles and GoPro cameras. After receiving the merchandise the couple would contact Amazon to report items were damaged and would request replacements for no charge.
The couple then sold the stolen merchandise to an Indianapolis associate who would then sell them to someone in New York.
According to the plea agreement, the couple is required to pay back the money to Amazon. If they are sentenced to less than seven years and three months in prison, the couple have waived their right to appeal.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 9th.
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