Portage man to serve time in prison for his role in defrauding Amazon's Textbook Rental Program

KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — 37-year-old Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma was to 16 years' imprisonment for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft on We...

July 28, 2022
2:50 AM

KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO AM/FM) — 37-year-old Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma was to 16 years' imprisonment for mail fraud and aggravated identity theft on Wednesday, July 27.The U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids reported that Talsma was ordered to pay over $3.2 million in restitution to Amazon.According to court documents, Talsma defrauded Amazon by using the internet to create numerous Amazon accounts and email accounts to rent textbooks and sell the textbooks for a profit when he should have returned the textbooks or paid the agreed upon buy-out price.

Jerry Malec