Three south Florida residents Christopher Lincoln, Mary Moore and Joseph Nouerand conned elderly customers into buying more than 70 years-worth of toilet paper in a $1 million scam involving dozens of people across the country.
The convicted trio worked for the home maintenance company, FBK Products, but told unsuspecting elderly victims that the company was affiliated with the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture
They told customers that they needed a special toilet paper to avoid ruining their septic tanks. Customers were also told they needed special soap and detergent.
The reason, they claimed, was that the Environmental Protection Agency changed regulations on toilet paper, the Miami Herald reports. However, the EPA doesn't regulate septic tanks.
All three pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to commit wire fraud. They agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and will be sentenced in February. Three other people are awaiting trial.