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Six people indicted in Amazon Marketplace bribery scheme to help third-party sellers

The Verge Saturday, 19 September 2020
Six people indicted in Amazon Marketplace bribery scheme to help third-party sellersIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Six people have been indicted by a grand jury in Washington state on charges they bribed Amazon employees to manipulate third-party seller listings on the e-commerce site, including listings for defective or dangerous products, authorities said.

Starting in 2017, the people, including two former Amazon employees, paid more than $100,000 to have listings of products and accounts that Amazon had blocked or suspended from its Marketplace, which allows third-party sellers to promote and sell their products, the Department of Justice said. The former employees also provided internal Amazon information that allowed attacks on other third-party sellers and their accounts, including flooding the sellers’ product listings with fake negative...
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