Southern California Man Faces 20 Years In Prison For $93,000 Kohl's Coupon Scam

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

Computer savvy counterfeiter hits Kohl's
A Southern California man this morning is facing a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison after federal prosecutors accused him of selling counterfeit Kohl's coupons.

Beginning in September 2011 through June 2012, Boi Quoc Vo created disguising identities at online auction websites to sell "thousands" of fakes to unsuspecting consumers in multiple states.

Vo isn't disputing the government's case.

In fact, Assistant United States Attorney Joshua M. Robbins can thank the defendant for knowing the amount of illegal profit: $93,000.

Vo kept detailed records of his scam.

Law enforcement officials aren't certain how many of the fake coupons cheated Kohl's because Vo used editing software to remove the company's security features from the documents, according to court records.

Vo, who was born in 1983, is free on bail and awaiting a sentencing date.

Oddly, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney might not be aware that Vo and his criminal defense lawyer signed a formal guilty plea on September 9.

Court staff records assert Vo pleaded "not guilty" on Oct. 15, and that U.S. Magistrate Judge Jean P. Rosenbluth set a "three or four day" trial to begin Dec. 10 with Carney inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

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949girl topcommenter

Ok I didn't even realize the story above this one is 4 years for 15 million embezzlement...are you serious, 20 years?

JBinOC topcommenter

The real story here is...why would anyone *buy* a Kohl's coupon?  

Isn't their signature Croft and Barrow and Apt 9 merchandise already marked down 50%, everyday?  

And with "Kohl's Cash"...the more you spend, the more you save®!  

Last time I was there, I bought a pullover, and I think they paid *me* 10 bucks...LMFAO 

paullucas714 topcommenter

This guy should have tried to get into the same court room in the story above this ne. 15 million dollar theft nets a guy 4 years in Federal Prison. And this guy faces 20 years for bunk coupons?

949girl topcommenter

@JBinOC Years ago they were giving away free $10 Kohls coupons at a UCLA football game.  I collected several.  I still had a hard time using them because there was nothing at Kohls that I wanted.

949girl topcommenter

@paullucas714 20 years for a coupon scam that resulted in less than 100K does seem excessive especially when you hear about people who defraud actual people out of millions and then get a year or two.

paullucas714 topcommenter

@949girl @paullucas714 

More than that, its almost as if this guy is paying for the deficit created by the guy  that stole 15 million in the story above this one. I mean the time the 15 million dollar thief should be doing is being done by this Kohl's coupon guy instead. One has to wonder, which one of these defendants caused more actual harm and damage to individuals and organizations and society anyway? Its like society is being harmed twice by this.

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