Woman Steals $31 Million From Retailers
You won’t believe how she did it!
Lori Ann Talens, 41, from Virginia was recently caught stealing over $30 million dollars from retailers by creating a fraudulent coupon scheme.
According to the Washington Examiner, Talens and her husband were involved in a “nationwide scheme” from 2017-2020 where they created and sold fake coupons which resulted in the loss of $31,817,997 from various retailers.
The couple, who have now pleaded guilty, found people who wanted coupons on Facebook and Telegram.
“Counterfeiting coupons harms the entire retail industry and causes financial loss to consumers, businesses, and the economy. As this case demonstrates, those who use illegal get-rich-quick schemes to deceive others will be brought to justice,” Raj Parekh, the acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said.
The Coupon Information Corporation (CIC) first caught wind of Talens when were able to track roughly $125,000 worth of fake coupons back to her. After that the FBI got involved and Talens situation went from bad to worse.
Talens has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and is being required to pay retailers back $31.8 million in restitution.