Sunday, July 29, 2018

The McDonald’s Monopoly sweepstakes fraud

“Uncle Jerry” was behind a massive operation to fraudulently acquire tens of millions of dollars from the McDonald’s sweepstakes and other sweepstakes like it. Uncle Jerry was Jerome Jacobson, who was employed as a director of security and had responsibility of overseeing the production of valuable game pieces required to claim prizes in McDonald’s Monopoly sweepstakes. Jacobson used his position to distribute winning game pieces to relatives, friends, and other people he recruited. The operation was successful for over 12 years, before ultimately being broken up by the FBI.Jerome Jacobson
Jacobson embezzled more than $20 million in winning game pieces. Jacobson stole his first game piece in 1989 and gave it to a relative. At his trial he testified that from 1995 to 2001, he stole most of the games' high-value pieces, selling some to family and friends, who recruited others to join in. Forty-seven people eventually pleaded guilty. Jacobson was eventually sentenced to three years and one month in federal prison.