Former College Student Admits Creating Bogus Coupons To Scam Retailers

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A former college student pleaded guilty Wednesday to costing major retailers hundreds of thousands of dollars when he created fake coupons for their products.Lucas Townsend Henderson, a former student at Rochester Institute of Technology, created fake coupons made to look like legitimate print-at-home coupons, The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog reported Wednesday.

The coupons reportedly covered everything from Tide laundry detergent to PlayStation systems, according to a news release from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney Office.

As part of his guilty plea, Henderson could face two years and six months to three years and one month in prison.

However, per a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed a lesser sentence would be appropriate, according to Law Blog.

Henderson’s plea comes on the heels of massive, yet unrelated, raid in Arizona where authorities arrested three women accused of running the country’s largest counterfeit coupon ring.

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