A couple from Munice, Indiana have pleaded guilty to defrauding Amazon of electronic goods worth more than $1.2 million, US media have reported.
They used hundreds of fake online identities and the company’s generous returns system to carry on the scam for years.
The couple, Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in a U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.
The Finans admitted purchasing hundreds of high value electronic items from Amazon, using fake identities. They then reported the items as damaged or missing to Amazon, which would ship out a replacement.
The items were sold through a fence based in New York who laundered the proceeds though a clothing business, paying the Finans about $725,000.
The court ordered the Finans to repay over $1.2 million in damages to Amazon. Sentencing is set for 9th November, and the couple have waived their right to appeal the decision if they are given less than seven years and three months in prison. They face sentences of between 10 and 20 years for fraud and money laundering.
The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Indiana State Police all collaborated to track down the offenders.