Source: Nworeport

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia: A Virginia Beach couple, Lori Ann Talens and Pacifico Talens, Jr., were imprisoned for some 20 years after being found guilty of operating a $31.8 million counterfeit coupon scheme.

In a press release last week, the FBI said investigators discovered fake coupons in “every crevice” of the couple’s house, as well as falsified savings worth more than $1 million and coupon designs for more than 13,000 products on Mrs. Talens’ computer.

“She trained herself in the different techniques needed to manipulate barcodes to make these coupons work,” said FBI Special Agent Shannon Brill.

Lori Ann Talens is considered the mastermind of the scheme and is the one who created the fake coupons.

The FBI noted that Lori Ann Talens did not use the fake coupons herself, but sold them to subscribers on social media by communicating with them on an encrypted messaging app.

She received more than $400,000 in digital currencies, such as bitcoin, and sometimes “exchanged coupons for stolen rolls of the special paper stores use to print out coupons,” the FBI added.

The Coupon Information Corporation discovered the three-year fraud after receiving a tip-off from someone making and mailing fraudulent coupons. One group of manufacturers said it lost $125,000 from Talens’ scheme.

Lori Ann Talens was sentenced to 12 years in prison in September for “perpetrating a counterfeit coupon fraud scheme,” which cost retailers and manufacturers some $32 million in losses, according to the Department of Justice.

Pacifico Talens, Jr., who was aware of and profited from the scheme, was sentenced to 7 years in prison.