Ore. mom, daughter guilty in Coca-Cola scam

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 3:36 PM

ALBANY -- An Oregon mother and daughter who devised an elaborate scheme to scam Coca-Cola in a bottle cap promotion have been sentenced to probation and must pay back almost $50,000 to the corporation.

Police arrested 55-year-old Carrie Jones and her 31-year-old daughter Sarah Jones in 2011, after corporate investigators tracked an unusually high number of winnings to a computer IP address in Albany.

Prosecutor Coleen Cerda said the odds were against the city of Albany -- let alone one family -- getting so many prizes.  Contest rules also specified that a person could win only twice and a household only five times during the four-month promotion.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that Sarah Jones pleaded guilty to computer crime and identity theft. Carrie Jones pleaded guilty to computer crime.
 

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