MUNCIE, Ind.–Defrauding Amazon has gotten three people from Indiana sentenced to federal prison. U.S. Atty. Josh Minkler said Erin and Leah Finan, a husband and wife from Muncie, will go to prison for nearly six years a piece, while an accomplice, Danijel Glumac, of Indianapolis, will spend two years in prison.
Minkler said the Finans came up with a scheme where they ordered GoPros, smart watches and MacBooks, from Amazon. They claimed the items were defective or broken, then get replacements at no charge. Glumac would buy the items and sell them at a huge mark-up on the black market between 2014 and 2016.
How much they made
The Finans made about $750,000 before they were busted on money laundering and mail fraud charges. Glumac made about half a million dollars before he was busted on money laundering and fencing charges.
“Consumer fraud not only unjustly enriches the perpetrator, it causes all of us to pay higher retail prices,” said Minkler. “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.”