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Consultants charged for bribing Amazon Marketplace employees to game the platform

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has indicted six individuals for allegedly issuing bribes to give Amazon Marketplace merchants competitive advantages. 

On Friday, US prosecutors named Ephraim Rosenberg, Joseph Nilsen, and Kristen Leccese, of New York; Georgia resident Hadis Nuhanovic, Rohit Kadimisetty, from California; and Nishad Kunji, based in Hyderabad, India, as suspects in the alleged fraud. 

According to the indictment, issued by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Washington, the six conspired to pay Amazon employees over $100,000 to secure an “unfair competitive advantage” on Amazon Marketplace. 

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The bribery bill is steep, but in return, the fraud carried a commercial worth and sales revenue of up to $100 million, the DoJ claims. 

Prosecutors allege that since at least 2017, the six acted as consultants to third-party sellers on Amazon, and two of

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6 outside consultants have been indicted for bribing Amazon employees more than $100 million to help sellers gain an advantage over competitors

FILE PHOTO: Amazon workers perform their jobs inside of an Amazon fulfillment center on Cyber Monday in Robbinsville, New Jersey
  • Six marketplace consultants were indicted over a scheme to bribe Amazon employees in exchange for getting unfair advantage over competitors.
  • The indictment says they paid Amazon employees to get suspended products reinstated and gain access to confidential data about competitors, among other things.
  • It says “at least ten different Amazon employees and contractors” were involved in the scheme, which resulted in an unfair advantage worth over $100 million.
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The Grand Jury in the Western District of Washington has indicted six marketplace consultants over a scheme to bribe Amazon employees in exchange for gaining an unfair advantage in the company’s online marketplace.

The Justice Department announced on Friday that the six people, who served as consultants for third-party sellers on Amazon, allegedly paid

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