A couple living in Muncie have formally admitted that the have stolen more than $1.2 million in merchandise from online retail giant Amazon. USA today reports
The to-be convict couples are Erin Joseph Finan, 38, and Leah Jeanette Finan, 37. They, in recent weeks pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.
The presiding Judge Tanya Walton Pratt set sentencing hearings for Nov. 9.
The couple are liable to face charges carrying maximum 20-year prison terms and $500 fines.
Under the terms of a plea agreement, the couple will be ordered to pay Amazon a huge $1,218,504 in restitution.
I’m like how on earth will the get such money, then on the second thought, they will just return the stolen ones.
The plea deal also calls for the Finans to waive their right to appeal if sentenced to less than seven years and three months in prison. In May, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler said the couple purchased hundreds of electronics items from Amazon under “hundreds of false online identities.”
They then routinely and foolishly contacted Amazon to report the items they received including GoPro digital cameras, Microsoft Xboxes and Samsung smartwatches were damaged or not working, and requested and received replacements from the Amazon at no charge.
In completing the business circle, the Finans sold the stolen merchandise to co-defendant Danijel Glumac of Indianapolis, who in turn sold the items to an unnamed “New York entity,” authorities said.
The charges against the Muncie couple were filed after much investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Indiana State Police.
Leah Finan was charged in April in Delaware Circuit Court 5 with theft, deception and check deception. Her trial in that case is set for Feb. 1.
Documents in the Delaware County case now list Leah Finan at an address in Clarksville, Tenn.
Her husband has been convicted of check deception, in Delaware County, and theft, in Madison County.
Driver lands in court after landing a heavy punch on his boss
A 28-year-old driver, Kingsley Edem, was arraigned before the Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos state yesterday March 20th, for landing a punch on his boss in the mouth during an argument.
According to police prosecutor, Sgt. Ishola Samuel, Edem who resides at No.14, Adetuberu St., Olowora, Lagos, is Femi Badmus’s driver.
Badmus had reported to the police that Edem punched him several times in the mouth during a disagreement in his home on No 19 Ogunbeye St., Olowora, Lagos on March 9th.
The police prosecutor said, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 173 of the revised Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. Section 173 which stipulates a three-year jail term for any offender if found guilty.
Magistrate A. I. Abina, admitted Edem to bail in the sum of N10,000 with one surety in like sum.
Magistrate Abina ordered that the surety must be gainfully employed and should provide proof of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
What raged between Edem and his boss, Badmus wasn’t made known but
Magistrate Abina adjourned the case until April 8 for mention.
Chinese father sells his baby daughter to pay off gambling debts
A Chinese father has been arrested for selling his 1-year-old daughter for £6,800 to pay off his gambling debts.
Jiang, sold the one-year-old to a couple after owing more than 60,000 Yuan (£6,798), according to reports in China.
Jiang told his wife that he was taking their daughter to stay with his mother. He flew the child more than 1,150 miles away from their home in Guiyang, Guizhou province, last November.
Wang, his wife grew concerned after his failure to return three months later but repeatedly postponed their return.
In February, 2019, she checked her husband’s phone and found shocking conversations between her husband and her daughter’s buyers.
Wang went to her husband’s mother in Zunyi city, about 87 miles away, who informed her that her son and granddaughter left her weeks ago.
She immediately contacted police and they tracked Jiang down to a hotel in Guiyang last month.
When he was caught, Jiang admitted to owing a huge gambling debt and decided to take the drastic measure after seeing online adverts for child adoption.
How Jiang Planned on Selling his daughter
Jiang lied to the buyers – a couple in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province – that he was a single father who could no longer afford to care for the girl. He went further to claim that his own parents were dead so he had nowhere else to turn.
Fortunately, the child was located by the police last Friday and reunited with her mum.
Jiang has been arrested and charged with suspicion of human trafficking, according to the police.
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