Amazon Shopper to Face 20 Years in Jail For N162 Million Fraud
An Amazon shopper has been found guilty of more than $290,000 (N162 million) in fraud after mailing fake returns
The suspect reportedly bought Apple, Asus, and Fuji products but mailed much cheaper items as returns
The fraud which began in 2016 was recently discovered by the online store and reported to the FBI
An Amazon shopper is set to face up to 20 years in prison after wire fraud, prosecutors have announced.
Hudson Hamrick, of Charlotte, North Carolina bought expensive items but mailed back cheaper items as returns
Hamrick appeared before the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and pleaded guilty to the crimes.
The Department of Justice followed this with an issued statement disclosing that the culprit faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine.
US attorneys filed the charges against Hamrick in September, accusing him of engaging in over 300 fraudulent transactions with Amazon.
The transaction comprised 270 product returns of which 250 were materially different in value than the original orders.
Prosecutors stated that Hamrick would order an expensive item, initiate a return, and mail a less valuable product that was similar.
One such case was an Apple iMac Pro for $4,256.85 that was ordered by the fraudster. In return, however, he sent back a much older, less valuable non-Pro model.
An Amazon spokesperson has disclosed that the company will continue to put measures in place to catch the fraudsters.