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Lori Ann Talens, The Woman Arrested for $31.8M Counterfeit Coupon Scam

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Lori Ann Talens

With the advancement in technology and the invention of new methods of payments to ease things for the consumers comes the potentially dangerous impact of it as well. This is an incident where a woman named Lori Ann Talens and her husband gained about $31.8M by fooling innocent masses.

In recent years, coupon fraud has made serial coupon sellers into millionaires, as demonstrated in the case of Virginia couple Lori Ann Talens and Pacifico Talens. Man, it’s always one Karen or Ken that snitches and messes it up for everybody. Coupons are a much easier way for shoppers to reduce their household expenses, grocery bills, and even personal care items. These dirty-minded people use this advantage of coupons for their ulterior motives.

Lori Ann Talens

According to a candid interview conducted in 2014, Lori Ann discusses how her father was the only motivation she ever had to succeed. She says her fascination with cars began as early as 15 when she got her first car, the 1994 Toyota Celica.

Fraudulent sales of fake coupons, attributed to MasterChef Lori Ann Talens and her husband, have inflicted enormous damage on manufacturers during the period 2017 to 2020.

An enormous list of counterfeit coupons was created by the couple using a computer in the comfort of their Virginia Beach home. I can’t believe the huge amount of stupidity /shallow thinking some got, people, are not awake.

The Coupon Information Centre, an organization of consumer products manufacturers dedicated to coupon integrity, received a complaint against Lori from one of her customers.

While she was using coupons to cheat the system, Lori Ann Talens also defrauded Medicare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from around November 2015 to February 2020. That is a special kind of evil to pull something like this off. What a disgrace!

Lori Ann Talens’s coupon scheme spread across the country like the Australian bushfire in 2019. Were she and her husband involved in the Texas coupon fraud of 2021?

With the retail industry amid the transition to digital, traditional coupons remain popular, and their illegal use is costing the industry a whopping 100 million dollars every year.


Until the manufacturer receives the coupons, stores assume responsibility for the coupons. To redeem the coupons, stores must mail them to the manufacturer. However, they cannot redeem coupons overnight.

Among the charges, Lori pleaded guilty to wire mail fraud and wire fraud. She also pleaded guilty to health care fraud. Lori Ann Talens faces up to 50 years in prison and is awaiting sentencing. As always, these scammers get greedy and continue until they get caught.


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