Falsely claiming you’ve found foreign objects in your food or beverage isn’t the brightest idea when you’re in need of cash, as one mother in Washington found this week.
Kelsy Macom was sentenced to 30 days in jail for tampering with a consumer product. She reportedly lied about her 7-year-old daughter finding shards of glass in a Dasani water bottle, according to a Food and Drug Administration criminal investigations group.
Macom, a former employee of the Better Business Bureau, which investigates company business practices, used her affiliation with the organization to convince Coca Cola (Stock Quote: KO) to pay her $3,000 in damages.
Macom admitted two years ago that she filed a similar false claim in 2007 saying that her daughter cut her mouth on a glass shard in a chocolate bar.
In addition to 30 days in jail, Macom was sentenced to an additional three months of home detention with electronic monitoring, plus three more years of supervised release, the FDA says.
Macom admitted to making up her entire story when she pleaded guilty during questioning by the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation which also confronted her about her previous lie.