Oregon mother and daughter team plead guilty in soda scam
Crimes that involve fraud and theft are serious offenses. In fact, federal fraud charges are taken very seriously by federal courts, which punish suspected criminals upon conviction. For residents in Portland, Oregon, who may be charged with a federal crime, it is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable legal professional. If a person is accused of a federal crime and subsequently convicted, the person's life will most likely be impacted forever.
Such is the case involving a local mother and her daughter who are now awaiting formal sentencing for various theft charges. They pled guilty to allegedly scamming a major soda brand out of about $200,000. The suspected duo was purportedly able to find a glitch in the soda brand's online contest that allowed them to win many prizes.
Officials from the company became skeptical after noticing a lot of winnings in the same geographic area. Upon further investigation, the company was able to narrow it down to a single computer internet protocol address.
How the women determined the winning codes on multiple occasions has not been ascertained. In addition, officers suspect that the accused women created different fake accounts to bypass the soda company's limitation on the number of wins per residence.
The mother is charged with multiple counts of both computer theft and first-degree aggravated theft. She was also charged with second-degree theft. Her daughter received the same charges with an additional four counts of identity theft. They have been ordered to pay back close to $50,000 in restitution.
Aside from the serious penalties that a person may face upon a conviction of federal crimes, it may be difficult for that person to recover upon re-entering society. No matter how severe the crime, it is still advisable to seek the advice of a knowledgeable legal professional.