Man who exploited printer company’s rewards system for almost $300K going to prison

PHILADELPHIA — A man who worked in town for a company that bought office printers has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for “misusing” the printer company’s product rewards program.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania reports Sung W. Sohn, 50 of Buford, Ga., pleaded guilty in September for “interstate transportation of stolen property in 2017 and 2018.”

The feds say

“Sohn stole, and then sold and shipped, over 600 office printers by misusing a product rewards program offered to Sohn’s employer by … a manufacturer of office printers and printer supplies.”

That “company offered reward points to customers that also purchased ink and toner. …

“In June of 2017, Sohn used an account number he found on a shipping box and associated it to his employer’s rewards account. …

“The account number was not for an account actually used by the employer, and it generated far more points than would be possible given his employer’s ink and toner purchases. Sohn then redeemed these improperly obtained reward points in order to receive free printers … sold the printers online, and kept the proceeds for his personal use. Sohn fraudulently obtained 604 printers in this way,”

which cost the printer company $293,000.

Last Friday, Sohn was sentenced to 12 months and one day imprisonment, and ordered to pay $224,000 in restitution.

According to First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams,

“It was theft.  The defendant took advantage of his position with his employer to improperly hoard rewards points and sell printers to which he was not entitled. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to protect innocent individuals and businesses from being victimized by this type of fraud.”

The names of the companies were not released. Federal authorities do not release pictures of people arrested, convicted, etc.

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