Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Couponer Arrested for Stealing Newspapers

Since we talk so much about the ethics of couponing in our our Basics Of Coupons Class, I thought it was important to highlight the facts again.
Apparently, some couponers are still having issues determining what is legal and what is not.  I beg you...please DO NOT STEAL COUPONS (newspapers) and DO NOT COMMIT COUPON FRAUD!  You can go to jail or be fined more than what you originally thought you were going to save.  Besides that, you will gain a new reputation that will follow you the rest of your life!  IT'S NOT WORTH IT!!!  And if you're a regular reader of this blog YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE...I've covered this topic at least 3 times in the last year covering what is and what isn't legal.

Here's the latest headline: (click to read)

Extreme Couponer Arrested For Stealing Newspapers

The above article is about someone committing THEFT, not FRAUD...however, I think that in the world of coupons the ultimate goal of these people is to get their hands on more coupons.  Let review below what the penalties for coupon fraud are....

What are the penalties for coupon fraud?

This question is answered directly on the Coupon Information Corporation website.  Here's the answer:
Penalties for those convicted of coupon fraud related crimes vary by each case and the number of laws violated.
As of this date,
Longest prison sentence: 17 years
Highest financial penalty: $5 million
Prison sentences of three to five years are not uncommon. Financial penalties generally vary, but have often been in excess of $200,000.
If you're unsure about a coupon's authenticity go HEREto see an entire list of regularly updated couterfeit coupons.
If you have questions about the legality of something PLEASE leave a comment here as I'm always willing to help you determine the answer!

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