dearJulius.com Write For Us

Indiana trio that scammed $1.2 million from Amazon gets sentenced to federal prison

SHARE:

In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, photo, a package from Amazon Prime moves on a conveyor belt at a UPS facility in New York. Online shoppers will pay close attention to at least two things this holiday season: shipping costs and return deadlines. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

By Justin L. Mack, USA TODAY
INDIANAPOLIS


An Indiana couple and their accomplice were sentenced to federal prison Monday for launching and operating a scheme that defrauded Amazon of $1.2 million in consumer electronics.

Erin and Leah Finan, both 38, a married couple from the Muncie-Anderson area, pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud and money laundering charges and were sentenced to 71 months and 68 months in prison, respectively.

Danijel Glumac, 29, of Indianapolis, pleaded guilty to money laundering and to fencing the items the Finans stole. Glumac was sentenced to 24 months in prison.

“Consumer fraud not only unjustly enriches the perpetrator, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices,” U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said 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.”

The scheme, which the Finans and Glumac ran between 2014 and 2016, saw the trio steal and sell more than 2,700 consumer electronics items such as GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes, Samsung smartwatches, Microsoft Surface tablets, Apple Macbooks and other consumer electronics from the online retailer.

They exploited Amazon’s customer service policy by repeatedly falsely claiming that the electronics they ordered were damaged or not working and then requesting and receiving replacements from Amazon at no charge.

In total, the Finans stole, and Glumac sold, more than $1.2 million in consumer electronics.

Investigators said the Finas made the scheme their way of life. They placed thousands of Amazon orders, created hundreds of false identities and sold items to their fence, Glumac, on almost a daily basis.

The couple made roughly $750,000 from their scheme in just over two years.


In addition to the Amazon fraud, the couple bounced checks, rented cars without payment and rented homes without paying the rent. Investigators added that they committed another online fraud involving stealing high-end rental softball equipment and selling it on Facebook groups to parents with children who played the sport.

Glumac pleaded guilty to buying more than 2,000 electronics items from the Finans and selling them to a buyer in New York. Glumac bought the items from the Finans in person, often in parking lots around Indianapolis, before marking up their prices and shipping them off to the New York buyer.

After laundering the money, Glumac made nearly $500,000 from the scheme, officials said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Linder, who prosecuted the case for the government, said that the three defendants were also ordered to pay full restitution of $1,218,504.

COMMENTS



Note: If you think this story need more information or correction, feel free to comment below your opinion and reaction.
Like & Follow to Stay Updated ...

Name

Alabama,1,Arizona,1,Barack,1,California,3,Colorado,1,Connecticut,1,Crime,531,Florida,1,Franc,1,Hawaii,8,Illinois,1,Los Angeles,2,Massachusetts,3,Mississippi,1,New York,128,U.S.,1553,Washington,4,
ltr
item
U.S. - U.S. Daily News: Indiana trio that scammed $1.2 million from Amazon gets sentenced to federal prison
Indiana trio that scammed $1.2 million from Amazon gets sentenced to federal prison
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SS91UQbkRHg/Wx_U3Ttub-I/AAAAAAAAE0U/aoE1pW4xzagmn6IG_PKqwcRtgg37ODukQCLcBGAs/s1600/DailyNews.US.com.jpg
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SS91UQbkRHg/Wx_U3Ttub-I/AAAAAAAAE0U/aoE1pW4xzagmn6IG_PKqwcRtgg37ODukQCLcBGAs/s72-c/DailyNews.US.com.jpg
U.S. - U.S. Daily News
https://us.dailynews.us.com/2018/06/indiana-trio-that-scammed-12-million.html
https://us.dailynews.us.com/
https://us.dailynews.us.com/
https://us.dailynews.us.com/2018/06/indiana-trio-that-scammed-12-million.html
true
3263844984480124152
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share. STEP 2: Click the link you shared to unlock Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy