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Friday, November 26, 2021

Extreme Coupons Sent To Jail Under $ 31.8 Million Fraud Scheme

The FBI reveals new details about a $ 31.8 million fake coupon scheme that resulted in a Virginia Beach couple sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison combined.

In a press release last week, the agency said investigators found fake coupons in “every crevice” of the home owned by Lori Ann Talens and her husband, Pacifico Talens, Jr. Counterfeit savings totaled over $ 1 million. They also found coupon designs for over 13,000 items on Laurie Ann Talens’ computer.

“She learned various techniques for manipulating barcodes to make these coupons work,” Special Agent Shannon Brill said in an FBI posting. Talens, believed to be the mastermind behind the scheme, created fake discount coupons “close to or even higher” than the retail price of a product.

Talens did not use fake coupons for herself. The FBI said it sold them to subscribers who found her on social media and communicated with them using an encrypted messaging app. The agency said Talens was paid over $ 400,000 in digital currency such as bitcoin and sometimes “exchanged coupons for stolen rolls from special paper stores that are used to print coupons.”

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The three-year scheme was discovered by Coupon Information Corporation, which received information that someone was doing and sending fake coupons. One group of manufacturers said they lost $ 125,000 due to fake coupons associated with Talens.

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