At 21 years old, I haven’t stepped foot inside a Toys ‘R’ Us in years; But if I do in the near future, it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be finagling like these adults were. This mother and son duo managed to steal over $2 million from stores across the country! So what was their clever, illegal scheme?
Michael and Margaret Pollara (46 and 70, respectively) apparently visited 139 Toys R Us in 27 states where they bought nearly $7,000 worth of lower-priced items. According to news reports, they scoured stores looking for inexpensive toys that came in large boxes which served as the enablers for their scam. By emptying the contents of those larger boxes and filling them with more expensive toys, the Pollaras’ would hide the cheap contents somewhere else and finalize the deal when they paid for the inexpensive large box filled with more expensive merchandise.
Michael Pollara had more than $900,000 in eBay and PayPal accounts, according to reports. Authorities were able to finally catch them because they used a Toys R Us rewards card for all of their purchases. I guess they didn’t “account” for that part of the plan going sour.
The plan is pretty clever if you ask but of course bears some pretty heavy legal consequences. Find out more about this $2 million scam at the source. [via Bossip]
What do you think about the Pollaras’ scheme?