An Amazon shopper, who for five years brought expensive items and then mailed cheaper items as returns, faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud said prosecutors.
Hudson Hamrick, of Charlotte, North Carolina, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina according to a court filing.
The Department of Justice issued a statement on Tuesday that Hamrick will face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a R3.7 million fine.
US attorneys filed charges against Hamrick in September, stating that he had engaged in about 300 fraudulent transactions with Amazon which included about 270 product returns – some 250 off which were “materially different in value – that amounted to more than R4.3 million in total fraud.
An Amazon spokesperson claimed that the tech giant discovered the alleged fraud and referred the case to law enforcement and worked with the FBI and the US attorney’s office in North Carolina.
“Amazon has systems in place to detect suspicious behavior, and teams in place to investigate and stop prohibited activity,” the spokesperson said. “There is no place for fraud at Amazon, and we will continue to pursue all measures to hold bad actors accountable.”
Sources: Business Insider, Yahoo
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