Unilever, Henkel, and P&G Get Clipped by Counterfeit Coupon Caper


A Virginia couple worked a fake coupon ring that bilked family and individual item creators and their retail accomplices out of millions of dollars.

Lori Ann Talens, 41, and her better half, Pacifico Talens Jr., 43, ran one of the biggest duplicating rings in US history, as per the US Department of Justice. The couple ran the fake ring from April 2017 to May 2020. Their plan cost Kimberly-Clark almost $9 million; Procter and Gamble, $2.8 million; Unilever, $2.5 million and Henkel, $1.7 million.


The Talens utilized Facebook and Telegram to discover coupon clients and sell them fakes. Utilizing the online name “MasterChef,” Lori Talens made fake vouchers that “were practically unclear from true coupons and were frequently made with expanded qualities, far in abundance of what a bona fide coupon would offer, to get things from retail free of charge or at a significantly decreased cost,” as indicated by a Department of Justice explanation.

Lori Talens sent the fake coupons utilizing the US Postal Service and acknowledged installment through online installment strategies like Bitcoin and Paypal. Her better half helped with delivering the fake coupons and benefitted from the deals.

The plan self-destructed when a client revealed the couple to Coupon Information Center, an alliance committed to coupon trustworthiness. The CIC went about as Talens’ client, bought coupons and later affirmed they were fake. The CIC informed the US Postal Inspection Service, which researched the case.

Lori Talens conceded to mail misrepresentation, wire extortion and medical services extortion. She faces 12 years in prison. Pacifico Talens previously conceded to mail misrepresentation and was condemned to seven years in a correctional facility.

“This enormous fake coupon plot hurt customers, retailers, and makers across the country, and the economy everywhere,” Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Raj Parekh said in articulation.

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