Using Fake Coupons May Become a Crime

By: Sonia Randev
By: Sonia Randev

They're free, easy to find, and can save you a lot of money. We're talking about coupons. Virginia retailers say shoppers are forging and printing counterfeit coupons off the internet to get savings and discounts. The House of Delegates has now passed a bill that could make it a crime to use fake coupons. One local grocery store manager says technology may be to blame for all of this. "The fact that the Internet is so available and there are so many legitamate coupons out there that the consumer can print off the internet, it is just as easy to print the counterfit coupons," says Jay Hite, Co-Manager of the Staunton Kroger. The bill, which criminalizes the use of fake coupons, now goes to the Senate.

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