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 Posted: Tue Jul 31st, 2018 10:53 pm
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Over the weekend, The Daily Beast published details of Jerome Jacobson’s large-scale scam to bilk McDonald’s for more than $24 million in cash and prizes between 1989 and 2001, after he obtained a job as a private security officer overseeing the production of the McDonald’s game pieces.


Jacobson’s position, where he oversaw the printing process, reportedly allowed him access to the winning Monopoly pieces, which he was tasked with hiding in McDonald’s packaging factories across the U.S. And in 1989, just “to see if I could do it,” Jacobson gave his brother-in-law a winning game piece worth $25,000 at a family event in Florida.


Years later, in 1995, after Jacobson claimed to witness Simon Marketing re-do a drawing that randomly selected a winner in Canada (he said the company didn’t want the bigger prizes sent up north), he realized the game was flawed and decided to go all-in, sending the winning pieces off to acquaintances and friends of friends, who would then redeem the prizes and give Jacobson a cut.


Over the following years, Jacobson’s crime network encompassed “a sprawling network of mobsters, psychics, strip club owners, convicts, drug traffickers, and even a family of Mormons, who had falsely claimed more than $24 million in cash and prizes,” according to the Daily Beast.




An anonymous tip in 2000 led the FBI to begin investigating Jacobson. With the help of McDonald’s — the chain went ahead with a 2001 Monopoly promotion at the behest of the FBI, even though execs initially wanted to cancel the whole thing — Jacobson and his cronies were arrested for mail fraud and conspiracy in the summer of 2001.


Jacobson was also ordered to pay back $12.5 million, and serve just over three years in prison. The Daily Beast’s report suggests that, because the trial began the day before 9/11, it was largely forgotten.


But now, following the Daily Beast’s report, news of Jacobson’s scheme is rippling across the Internet, with Twitter users calling it “incredible” and begging for further details, while others see it as a prime candidate for a film adaptation.


Meanwhile, Jacobson, now 76, is reportedly living a quiet life in Georgia, according to the Daily Beast.


One of his cohorts, Andrew Glomb, added that he keeps in contact with Jacobson, and doesn't shy away from bringing up the past.


“Every time I talk to Jacobson, I always tease him," said Glomb. "I say, "You got any tickets?""

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 Posted: Wed Aug 1st, 2018 01:29 am
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I read this entire article this morning; it's fascinating. The only thing that wasn't explained well was the part where he mysteriously received a roll or packet of the special seals that were used to seal the envelopes that contained winning tickets as they were transported from the printer to the packaging supplier. He said they arrived from Hong Kong but I didn't quite understand why they were sent directly to him or how the fact that they were missing didn't trigger an intensive search. Where I work, we deal with promotions/coupons/freebies, and anything that has a value greater than $5 is treated on a whole other level in terms of accountability. How could this roll of valuable seals, used to transport million dollar items, end up in his hands and no one followed up on it?



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I read that article Sunday and was just sucked in by it, it's a great read...what's really wild is this all went down August/September 2001, when they finally busted the guy, and thanks to 9/11 it barely made a blip on the radar, it took 17 years later for this to finally hit big in the news..



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I know a obese McDonald's manager who would've beaten the shit out of him if she had been working there back then.  Don't fuck with McDonald's!



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This is the part of the article that needed to be fleshed out:
Not long afterward, Jacobson opened a package sent to him by mistake from a supplier in Hong Kong. Inside he found a set of the anti-tamper seals for the game-piece envelopes—the only thing he needed to steal game pieces en route to the factory. “I would go into the men’s room of the airport,” he later admitted, the only place the female auditor couldn’t follow him. “I would go into a stall. I would take the seal off.” Then he’d pour the winning game pieces into his hand, replace them with “commons,” and re-seal the envelope.
The entire scam rests on this one, seemingly random, act.  Yet, we don't learn how this package came to be mistakenly sent to him and how he managed to avoid having it tracked to him.  Like I said, if these seals didn't reach their intended recipient there would have been a trace run to find them or at least find out where they'd gone missing.   
 
https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-an-ex-cop-rigged-mcdonalds-monopoly-game-and-stole-millions



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I remember vividly when it came out that the Monopoly game had been rigged. McDonald's made a big thing of apologizing to customers through the media and ads. It then ran a previously unscheduled version of the Monopoly game with tighter controls on the game pieces and with prizes equal the prizes that the thieves had stolen through cheating. The idea was that everyone would now get a fair chance at the prizes that were taken illegally.

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