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Minnesota couple charged with running Amazon sales scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota company and its two owners have been charged with running an illegal sales scheme on Amazon that prosecutors say collected more than $15 million from consumers over the past year.

The Star Tribune reports that the Federal Trade Commission and the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office recently filed a complaint in federal court that names Jessie and Matthew Tieva, and their company Sellers Playbook.

The complaint alleges that the couple’s company made "false and unsubstantiated" claims, including that its customers could make $20,000 a month and a potential net profit of $1.29 million by selling on Amazon.

The Tievas, who have no affiliation with the site, couldn’t be reached for comment by the newspaper on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank signed a temporary-restraining order last week halting the operation of Sellers Playbook.

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