A man from Herent in Flanders was arrested and sentenced to 30 months in prison for fraud along with a €4,000 fine by the Leuven court. The man was running a diaper scam operation online.
He had begun conducting his business in January 2015 through the website pamperbox.be and diaperbox.be. He conducted his scams on Facebook as well. He sold cheap diaper boxes to families through an annual subscription and stopped sending the diapers. Some families would receive their boxes for as long as a year before the shipments stopped arriving altogether.
Parents were supposed to receive a box of Pampers diapers once a month after paying a one-time fee for the annual subscription. Some families only received the boxes for a couple of months while others did for a year. However, in every case, the boxes eventually failed to arrive.
- International students in Belgium fall victim to financial scam
- Federal fraud alert about activities of AB Investment
The 36-year-old man had made €1 million from families since 2015. By the end of 2016, the thief had 1,300 complaints filed against him through the FPS Economy, a federal public service of Belgium that participates in economic policy. During the inspection, it was found that the company was not in order in various administrative areas.
It was found that the man had been convicted of fraud before and had three convictions for possession of child pornography. With his new prison sentence, the man may not run or manage a business for the next five years.