Oregon mom and daughter guilty in Coke scam

ALBANY, Ore. — 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 reported that Sarah Jones pleaded guilty to computer crime and identity theft. Carrie Jones pleaded guilty to computer crime.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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