- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man has been sentenced to 33 months in jail for a fraudulent coupon scheme targeting baby-food companies.

Forty-four-year-old Jon Bilodeau of Rutland pleaded guilty in October to a federal charge of fraud.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1f0ZWc9) prosecutors said bank statements show baby-food companies were tricked into honoring over $571,000 worth of coupons Bilodeau bought at discounted values at online auctions.

Bilodeau, owner of the Sweet Revival thrift store, would pay 50 cents to 80 cents for a $1 baby formula coupon, then started a business and website purporting to sell the formula to “members.”

Authorities say the name and website were a cover and the baby formula was never sold to anyone. He cashed in the coupons for about $114,000 over several years.



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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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