United States: Two More Guilty Pleas in Amazon Bribery Case

The founder and CEO of a firm that offered consulting services to online sellers pleaded guilty in a scheme to bribe Amazon employees to get their clients’ accounts reinstated and receive other beneficial treatment, according to the Department of Justice.

Joseph Nilsen (32) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit violations of the Travel Act, and filing a false tax return. Kristen Leccese (33) was Vice President for Nilsen’s firm and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit violations of the Travel Act.

The criminal case highlights the cutthroat competition among Amazon sellers and the despair to which the company’s practices can drive merchants who turn to consultants for help.

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