Amazon Client Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison for Defrauding the Company for $ 290,000
Hudson Hamrick has been buying expensive goods from Apple (including iMac Pro), Asus, and Fuji in the Amazon online store for five years, and then abandoned them. However, when returning to the marketplace, other goods came that were cheaper. Thus, the man from North Carolina stole more than 290,000 dollars. Now, the thief faces up to 20 years in jail.
But in addition to imprisonment, the fraudster faces a fine of 250,000 dollars. The American has already admitted his guilt. According to the defendant's lawyers, he performed about 300 fraudulent transactions and a total of 270 items Hamrick issued for a return.
The prosecutor's office said that the fraud scheme was simple: the criminal ordered expensive goods, then issued a refund and sent similar equipment by mail. Moreover, its cost was much lower. Then, the man resold some of the appropriated gadgets and made a profit from them.
For example, in August 2019, a scammer bought an Apple iMac Pro on Amazon for 4,256.85 dollars and after some time returned a much older model to the marketplace. It wasn't even a Pro version and it had a completely different serial number. But Amazon still returned the money to Hamrick. The thief sold the iMac Pro on eBay a week before the return was issued.
Amazon noted that systems for detecting suspicious behavior, as well as groups for investigating and suppressing prohibited activities, helped to identify the criminal. However, the company did not explain why, in this case, Hamrick managed to turn the criminal scheme for years.
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