Southern California Man Faces 20 Years In Prison For $93,000 Kohl's Coupon Scam
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.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss OC Weekly's biggest stories. Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts