Amazon $1.2 million gadget scam couple jailed

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A couple who admitted to stealing more than $1.2 million(£900,000) worth of goods from Amazon have been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Erin and Leah Finan had already pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and money laundering.

The couple operated Amazon’s customer service policy by demanding of the electronics they have ordered have been damaged, and have received replacements at no charge.

Prosecutors said that the sentence should serve as a warning to others.

“The consumer fraud, not only unjustly enriches the author, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices,” said the Lawyer, for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler, in a press release.

“For those who seek to exploit the convenience of online purchases through the fraud, don’t forget this case. You will be surprised. You will be prosecuted. And you go to federal prison for a long time.”

The couple used hundreds of false identities to gadgets on Amazon, and then reported false problems with the devices that led to replacements being sent that they are sold in a profit.

They are due to be sentenced last November, but was delayed after they were accused of defrauding another internet retailer.

In the Amazon scam, the couple has flown more than 2,700 electronic items, including Microsoft Xbox consoles, smartwatches from Samsung, Apple MacBook and GoPro cameras

The goods have been sold to another person, Danijel Glumac, who had been sentenced to 24 months in prison.

Erin Finan, was sentenced to 71 months in prison, and his wife of 68 months.