Dumb Criminal Series: When Newspaper Subscriptions Jump From 65 To 2,781 Someone May Get Suspicious
from the no-one-will-notice dept
Romenesko points us to a good one for the “dumb criminal” series. A NY Times delivery carrier has been accused of defrauding the paper of over $300k by sending in fake newspaper subscriptions with the “bill me later” option checked. Apparently, he got paid based on the number of papers delivered, so he took the quick route to increasing his income. In a matter of months, his daily subscriptions jumped from 65 to 2,781 and his Sunday subscriptions went from 103 to 2,818 (seems that nearly everyone of the fake subbers signed up for Sunday deliver as well!).
It makes you wonder how he thought he could get away with such a scam, though his “defense” gives some suggestion. He says he had someone else doing the deliveries for him, and says it must be that guy’s fault. Though, as the newspaper noted, when the NY Times grew suspicious and informed him that they were canceling thousands of subscriptions, he “did not seem upset and said it would not affect his workload.” Oh yes, also there was the fact that the guy’s recycling bins were filled to the brim with copies of the newspaper — often still wrapped in their delivery bundles.