When counterfeiting becomes too complex and you don’t have the technical prowess to make an attempt at printing your own cash, it is time to think outside of the box. Thats what one Wisconsin man recently did. The Associated Press recently reported that “A federal judge in Iowa sentenced a Wisconsin man to more than a year in prison after he pleaded guilty to printing his own UPC codes in a scheme to pay lower prices at stores”.
The man, 27 years of age, was sentenced to over 14 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release, as well as $33,000 in restitution. The man admitted that over the last 4 months he has used a home printer, the internet, and label stock to produce UPC codes for prices cheaper than the store had the items listed. He would then enter the store and place these fraudulent decals on the products he wished to purchase. Stores affected were in cities including Anamosa, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, and Prairie Du Chien, Wis.
~Source: Associated Press