Taunton Women Arraigned on Charges They Operated an Organized Counterfeit Coupon Ring to Steal $27,000 in Goods

News Release from Plymouth, Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office BROCKTON, Oct 31, 2023—Two women have pleaded not guilty to charges that they ran an organized, counterfeit coupon operation and stole nearly $27,000 in products, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz has announced. Today, Jacqueline White, 41, and Crystal Travis, 41, both of Taunton, were arraigned [...]

November 1st, 2023|

Grand Jury Indicts Two in Counterfeit Coupon Case

PLYMOUTH COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS, August 29, 2023—A Grand Jury indicted Jacqueline M. White and Crystal Lee Travis on felony criminal charges for the alleged use of counterfeit coupons. If found guilty, White faces a potential of up to 15 years in prison, and Travis faces a potential of up to five years in prison. According to [...]

August 29th, 2023|

Guzman Sentencing

Karen Guzman entered into a plea agreement in her counterfeit coupon case on Thursday, July 13, 2023.  She pled no contest to a felony violation of CA Penal Code Section 496(a) (receiving stolen goods). As part of her plea agreement, the remaining three counts were dismissed with a Harvey Waiver.  A Harvey Waiver allows the dismissed [...]

July 19th, 2023|

All that Glitters is not Gold…

Glittering, Shining, and Sparkling are all words that sound delightful. However, in the coupon world, these glowing words are often attempts to cover up an ugly truth: Theft by Deception aka Fraud. Glittering and the like are terms used by some “Dark Side” couponers to describe the practice of stealing products using coupons for items [...]

June 29th, 2023|

Glitchmas is coming. Are you prepared?

Known as “Glitchmas” by criminals, many con artists take advantage of the chaos and staffing issues (new or temporary employees) during the holiday season. Retailers should be extra vigilant this year as inflation and other economic challenges have increased the appeal of criminal activities. Stolen items are often resold creating unfair competition further harming retailers. [...]

November 23rd, 2022|

Counterfeit Coupon Case featured on ABC’s “The Con”

reposted from ABC News ON A NEW EPISODE OF ‘THE CON,’ THE TALE OF A MOTHER ON BED REST WITH GRAPHIC DESIGN SKILLS THAT LED TO THE BIGGEST COUPON SCAM IN U.S. HISTORY The ABC News Studios Primetime Series Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg Airs Thursday, Aug. 25, on ABC “The Coupon Con” – In 2016, [...]

August 19th, 2022|

CIC App Supports Counterfeit Coupon Charges

MASHPEE, Massachusetts  – The CIC® Suspect Coupon Checker App played a significant role in charges1 being filed against Scott Lawrence of New Bedford, Massachusetts, who is suspected of passing counterfeit coupons at a local store.  Store employees used the CIC® Suspect Coupon Checker App to verify that coupons allegedly used by Lawrence were counterfeit. CIC’s [...]

February 16th, 2022|

Counterfeit Coupon Fraud Prevention: A Free Tool for Retailers

Counterfeit coupons and spikes in organized retail theft diminished many retailers’ bottom lines and caused some to feel isolated and under siege last year. Headline stories and Hollywood movies about coupon fraud added fuel to the fire. The Coupon Information Corporation (CIC®) is here to help. Retailers should not be victims of unscrupulous coupon counterfeiters.  [...]

February 9th, 2022|

Coupon Counterfeiter Sentenced to 12 Years in Jail Ordered to Pay $31 Million in Restitution

Download Press Release NORFOLK, Virginia – Lori Ann Talens, the leader of the “MasterChef” counterfeit coupon conspiracy, was sentenced today to 12 years incarceration, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay more than $31 million in restitution. This lengthy sentence will be served concurrently with her sentences for other federal offenses, including Medicaid [...]

September 14th, 2021|

Coupon Counterfeiter Sentenced to 87 Months in Jail Ordered to pay $31 Million in Restitution

August 19th, 2021|