A counterfeit couponer, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay $31.1 million in restitution, used the profits of her scheme to do home repairs, the FBI said.
Lori Talens was sentenced in September after she pleaded guilty to mail fraud, USA Today reported.
Pacifico Talens, her husband, also pleaded guilty to mail fraud. He was sentenced to seven years behind bars for helping her with the shipping of the fake coupons.
Federal authorities said the Talens used social media messaging apps to contact coupon users and sell fake coupons.
She created fake vouchers that were “virtually indistinguishable from authentic coupons and were often created with inflated values, far in excess of what an authentic coupon would offer, in order to receive items from retail for free or for a greatly reduced price,” the DOJ stated.
The Talens would be paid through various services, including Pay Pal and Bitcoin, and the coupons were mailed through the post office.
A coupon watchdog group caught on and posed as a customer, then alerted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Federal law enforcement raided the Talens home and found almost $1 million in fake coupons.
Recently the FBI released information on what they said the Talens did with the money they scammed.
The money went to a new kitchen, sunroom and an in-ground swimming pool. They also traveled, shopped and went to restaurants, “while paying little or nothing for the things they consumed.”
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