Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/30/website_fraud_guilty_plea/

Woman admits fleecing shopping network of more than $412,000

Website glitch allowed her to receive items gratis

By Dan Goodin

Posted in Security, 30th October 2007 21:49 GMT

A woman has pleaded guilty to fleecing the QVC home-shopping networking of more than $412,000 by exploiting a gaping hole in its website that allowed her to receive merchandise without paying for them.

Quantina Moore-Perry ordered handbags, jewelry and electronics and then immediately canceled the transactions. The flaw allowed the North Carolina woman to take delivery of more than 1,800 items without being billed. Moore-Perry would then sell the booty on eBay, according to the Associated Press, which cited authorities.

Moore-Perry pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was released pending sentencing. She has forfeited the $412,000 proceeds from the scam.

Pennsylvania-based QVC learned of the scam after being contacted by two individuals who bought items from Moore-Perry. Apparently, the defendant couldn't be bothered to remove the QVC packaging, arousing the tipsters' suspicion. ®