Repeat fraudster sentenced to 5 years for lost pet scam

Eric Stein netted $500,000 by selling fraudulent distributorships of his “Return-A-Pet” business

A repeat con man is headed back to prison for running a $500,000 investment scam that targeted owners of missing pets.

Between June 2007 and January 2010, Eric Stein sold distributorships of his “Return-A-Pet” business, a service that purportedly recovered missing pets using traceable ID tags. Dozens of investors paid between $5,000 and $50,000 each for these distributorships, only to realize that the business was a sham when Stein failed to deliver the promised pet tags and marketing materials.

Alanna Byrne

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