Georgia Couple Tried Scamming Staples (SPLS) For $1.4 Million

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According to Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 46-year-old John Douglas is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud and his 41-year-old wife Analyn Douglass, is charged with conspiracy to ship stolen goods in interstate commerce.

The couple, who are from Georgia, are facing these charges in connection with a scheme to defraud Framingham, Massachusetts-based Staples, Inc. of more than $1.4 million.

A computer script used by Douglas, queried a Staples website and sought unclaimed customer loyalty rewards for purchases that Douglas did not make.

Douglas and his co-conspirator created more than 1,100 Staples rewards accounts, often using false information.

According to investigators, they used the rewards to buy merchandise at Staples retail locations throughout United States while Analyn Douglass sold much of the merchandise on eBay.

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