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Big Island woman prompts investigation into possible contest fraud

Ann Goody Ann Goody

KAILUA-KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Big Island woman is making National headlines for uncovering an alleged cheating scam in a nationwide charity contest.

Ann Goody with the Three Ring Ranch exotic animal sanctuary in Kailua-Kona is in a New York Times article about fraud in the Pepsi Refresh Contest.

Pepsi gives out $1.3 million every month to non-profit groups.  It's based on internet voting.

Goody says she was in line for 50 thousand dollars but was beaten at the last minute by other groups that hired a company to rig the votes.

"This man from India and his online service where he could rig - either with an IP changer, or with a bot or with sweat shops of people in India who were sitting and pressing the buttons.  And he had an IP changer to make it look like it was a U.S. address.  And it's a great social, charitable event.  It's just been hijacked by the cheaters", Goody said via phone.

According to ms. Goody the FBI & IRS are investigating.  She's hoping Pepsi will award her sanctuary the $50,000 grant.


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