The graph is from 2006, but you get the general idea: Ink is fucking expensive.
There’s always money in the
Banana Stand ink cartridges: Calvin Duncan, a mailroom clerk at the Philadelphia Water Department, has been arrested and charged with scamming the City of Philadelphia out of $1.3 million by submitting requests for ink and toner and then selling the ink and toner at a reduced price to a reseller in Arkansas.
Today, the FBI arrested the people buying the cartridges from Duncan, Derek and Danita Willis. According to the indictment, “Duncan submitted requests for approval to purchase printer ink and toner cartridges, falsely claiming that the cartridges were for PWD employees. After receiving the printer ink and toner cartridges from the approved vendors at the City of Philadelphia’s expense, Duncan sold the printer ink and toner cartridges to Laser Cartridge Plus, Inc.” The scam went on from January 2006 to January 2012, and cost the city $1,368,091.19, while Duncan was paid $545,412.79, so all in all he gave them a pretty solid discount.
But scamming the city out of over a million dollars isn’t all fun and games: “If convicted of all charges, Duncan faces a maximum possible sentence of 100 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $1.25 million, a $500 special assessment, and supervised release; Derek Willis faces a maximum possible sentence of 120 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $2.25 million, $900 special assessment, and supervised release; Danita Willis faces a maximum possible sentence of 110 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $1.75 million, a $700 special assessment, and supervised release.” Ouch.
[Graph via Gizmodo]