A new report reveals that McDonald’s employees are gaming the system – and not by taking food stamps because they don’t want to work a second job. Instead, they’re scamming you out of the opportunity to play, and win, McDonald’s Monopoly. It turns out a former Georgia police officer, Jerome Jacobson, allegedly rigged the game and scammed the company out of an astonishing $24 million dollars.
• Jacobson wasn’t in the line of duty when he interfered with the contest. Instead, he was working as a private security officer overseeing the production of the monopoly-style contest pieces.
• Part of Jacobson’s job was to oversee the production of winning pieces, like Boardwalk, and test the “system” for loopholes. This included hiding pieces at various locations around the United States to see if anyone would notice.
• After it became apparent that he absolutely could get away with it, he got cocky. Instead of hiding them and reporting the results, he ferreted one away for his brother-in-law – successfully. That piece was worth $25,000.
• It was years after the event that Jacobson claims he saw Simon Marketing, the company overseeing the contest, re-draw for a winner that originally would have awarded the prize to Canadians. Instead of pulling out – which would have been the ethical thing to do – he decided to become part of the problem.
• He started by selling winning pieces to friends and family. Slowly, criminal elements began to contact him. Within a few years, his underground enterprise included connections to everyone from mobsters to high-level Mormon families.
• Jacobson was arrested way back in 2001, just before 9/11. But the events sort of distracted the nation, and it was never officially prosecuted. Total losses for McDonald’s from the stolen pieces are estimated at $25 million. The now 76-year-old man lives in Georgia and has essentially gotten off the hook.
• Some Americans believe he may be guilty, while others think he was framed. Oddly enough, his friends seem to be happy to admit to his guilt, sharing with the press that they still tease him about having tickets.