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ORC in Primetime -- ABC's 'Nightline'
Busters: Catching Shoplifters in the Act

The LP industry went primetime last night for an episode of the ABC Network show "Nightline," where experts trailed suspected shoplifters to catch five-finger discounts in the act. One of the segments focuses on a booster ring in Florida and highlights the costs to retailers and consumers. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office is also highlighted, as reporter Matt Gutman is embedded on an investigation of an organized ring of boosters targeting Central Florida. The Polk County and Beall’s Inc. LP team were fantastic in demonstrating the problem of organized retail crime and how public-private sector relationships can make a difference. Check out this great 10 minute video to see ORC boosters at work in Florida stores. (Source (Source

Retail Metrics projects an overall gain of 4.1% year-over-year in July same store sales results  Compared with a 4.3% gain in June and a 3.8% gain in May. Retail sales gained 2.5% in July of 2012. Many retailers no longer report monthly same-store sales. These include Target Corp. (TGT), Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), Kohl’s Corp. (KSS), Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (AEO). This trend started soon after the recession started. (Source

Retailers see slow start to back-to-school season
Revenue at stores open at least a year — an industry measure of a retailer’s health— rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstore chains, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June. (Source

Meijer to hire more than 9,000 in 5 states with most being part-time jobs
The Grand Rapids-based company says the hiring is because of growth and preparation for fall and holiday seasons. Meijer says it wants to hire 4,400 in Michigan, 1,800 in Indiana, 1,600 in Ohio, 900 in Illinois and 500 in Kentucky. Meijer has opened five new stores this year, including one in Detroit, and plans one more this year. It has nine scheduled to open in 2014. Editor's note: With a new VP of LP there certainly one could expect some changes there as well and hopefully a few new positions. (Source

Diebold Agrees to Pay $48 Million in FCPA Probe over Russian Bribes
ATM maker Diebold Inc. said Tuesday it had reached a tentative agreement with U.S. authorities to settle allegations it paid bribes to Russian officials. Diebold disclosed in July 2010 that it was investigating payments by its Russian subsidiary that may have been in breach of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits improper payments to foreign officials for a business advantage. In November 2010, the company fired its Russian leadership amid the probe. (Source

Wal-Mart Settles OSHA Case Over Cleaning Procedures
Wal-Mart has agreed to a corporate-wide settlement to improve safety conditions related to trash compactors and cleaning chemicals in more than 2,800 of its stores, the United States Department of Labor announced on Wednesday. Wal-Mart agreed to the settlement, which includes paying a $190,000 fine, after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, part of the Labor Department, accused the retailer of putting workers who operate trash compactors in danger. The settlement stemmed from violations found at a Walmart store in Rochester in 2011. Under the settlement, Walmart’s trash compactors must remain locked when not in use, and may not be operated except under the supervision of a trained manager or monitor. Wal-Mart also pledged to improve training for workers using cleaning chemicals and to upgrade procedures so that workers did not handle undiluted chemicals. (Source

Radio Shack reduces Loss Prevention positions
Over the last week a number of Regional Loss Prevention positions have been eliminated.

Chanel comes out fighting in battle to beat counterfeiters
LUXURY goods giant Chanel has taken aim at dozens of websites selling counterfeit products bearing its classic name, including one aimed at Irish shoppers. In a case filed in Florida, Chanel claims the websites are registered in multiple countries and are controlled by individuals who probably live in China or other jurisdictions "with lax trademark enforcement systems". "Each year Chanel expends millions of dollars in connection with trademark enforcement efforts, including legal fees, investigative fees, and support mechanisms for law enforcement, such as field training guides and seminars," it says in its court filing. The luxury goods firm says the websites it is targeting "amount to nothing more than massive illegal operations, infringing on the intellectual property rights of Chanel and others". (Source

2013 Anti-bribery and Corruption Benchmarking Report
First launched in 2011, the Anti-Corruption Benchmarking Report aims to give compliance officers a comprehensive view of the "ABC" (anti-bribery and corruption) risks they have, the resources they have to fight them, and how those resources are implemented into compliance programs. The results provide compliance officers with a candid view into the anti-bribery and corruption threats they face and share resources for creating a risk-based compliance program. Download the report to learn more. Download this report to learn more (may require registration). (Source

Increased retail violence and armed robberies spur local ordinances requiring security cameras in c-store world  From Vancouver, Canada, to Mississippi, to Maryland, local governments over the last couple of years have been instituting new ordinances requiring convenience store operators to install 24 hour security cameras. Most of the time responding to murders of clerks during violent armed robberies these ordinances are making an impact and helping to protect these late night clerks working alone in tough neighborhoods. Of interesting note is that 7-Eleven's new AP department got way ahead of this, for a number of reasons, and rolled out a massive CCTV program within the last year or so. From that standpoint once again they show their leading the way to protect their associates. (Source

Mobile commerce keeps climbing
New research shows no signs of slowdown in the shift from desktop to mobile shopping. From July 2012 to July 2013, the percentage of web sales from smartphones at 18 retailer clients of mobile commerce technology provider Branding Brand increased 59.2% from 2.7% to 4.3%, the vendor reports. The percentage of web sales from tablets increased 34.7% from 9.5% to 12.8%. And the percentage of web sales from non-mobile computers decreased 5.6% from 87.8% to 82.9%. (Source

Cybersecurity Insurance Picks Up Steam, Study Finds
A new study found that 31% of companies have cybersecurity insurance policies, while 39% planned to purchase a policy in the future. According to the study, which was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a data privacy and cybersecurity research firm, 70% of companies that have experienced a data breach said that experience increased their interest in cyber insurance. Past research by the Ponemon Institute found that the average “operational” cost of data breach in the U.S. is approximately $5 million. According to the study, companies said 86% of policies covered notification costs, 73% covered legal defense costs, 64% covered forensics and investigative costs, and 48% covered replacement of lost or damage equipment. Not everything was always covered though, as companies said only 30% of policies covered third-party liability, 30% covered communications costs to regulators, and 8% covered brand damages. (Source

Buyer Beware: How to Spot Shoplifted Items - Jerry Biggs, Dir ORC for Walgreen speaks on ABC News Radio  Unsuspecting customers can purchase stolen goods at a heavily discounted rate after shoplifters have sold the stolen property to middlemen, who peddle the products through unregulated venues, such as flea markets or online sites. Jerry Biggs, director of the Organized Retail Crime Division for Walgreens, warns consumers to look at the bigger picture than just what is being stolen. "It's a gateway crime. We see groups [profiting] $20,000 to $30,000 a day, and it can provide major funding for criminal activity," he says. Biggs offers consumers some tips on how to spot shoplifted items and what to do to help stop this crime:

Be Cautious
If a deal looks "too good to be true, it probably is," says Biggs. He points caution to fast moving-products, such as everyday household items like toothpaste, shampoos and cosmetics that are marked half off when they normally would be full price at reputable stores. He also suggests consumers should "be cautious if you're buying goods that you would be consuming or would give to a child," and buy those products from a reputable venue if possible.

Check the Details
Biggs advises shoppers to watch for expiration dates: "When you see things that have short dates, it's not a good sign." He also warns shoppers to look out for labels that have been scratched off products.

If You See Something, Say Something
If you think stolen goods are being sold, Biggs says to report the issue. He advises shoppers to contact local retailers, product manufacturers, the web host or local law enforcement agencies to look into the issue. Some helpful information to pass along to these sources are the price the goods are selling for, if they are being sold in multiple quantities, any brand names on the product, as well as the date and seller information. If you spotted these goods online, Biggs recommends taking a screenshot of the product, and sharing the web address when reporting the claim. Biggs also adds that most customers will be able to remain anonymous when sharing these tips with local police task forces and companies.


July Same Store Sales Results

American Apparel up 8%
Walgreens up 6.3%
Costco up 4%
Stein Mart up 3.7%
Limited Brands up 3%
Fred's up 2.5%
The Buckle up 2.1%
Zumiez up 0.8%
McDonald's up 0.7%
Rite Aid up 0.7%
Cato down 5%

Quarterly Same Store Sales Results

Wet Seal Q2 up 3.7% with net sales up 1.5%
Canadian Tire Q2 up 2%, FGL Sports up 7.2% and Mark's up 6.4%
Delhaize Group U.S. Q2 up 1.1% with total company sales up 7.1%
Jack in the Box Q3 up 0.1% - Qdoba stores up 1.3%
Advanced Auto Parts Q2 down 0.3% with sales up 6.1%
Canada's Indigo Books and Music Q1 superstores down 7.3% & small format down 13.1% with a loss of $15M
Aeropostale Q2 down 15% with net sales down 6%


More LP/AP research, more team breakouts:
2013 Impact Conference and Workshop

October 14-16

The LPRC’s board of advisors or BOA are looking forward to co-hosting this year’s Impact participants on the University of Florida’s beautiful Gainesville campus. Last year over 130 executives brainstormed new LP/AP research and implications, designed new research priorities, and broke out into working groups to dig into common problems while specifying future research needs and field actions.

This year should prove even bigger and include more interaction and LP/AP research results. All 14 LPRC working groups and action teams will be presenting recent research findings, and interacting together and with other groups to develop and test store, parking lot, and supply chain issues.

A few of the current topics and research findings to be discussed include future omni-channel and payment protection needs, packaging innovations, employee awareness program enhancements, ePVM enhancement testing, employee deviance research, parking lot crime patterns, robbery patterns, store shrinkage predictive models, ORC developments, several new offender interview projects, and supply chain research.

Participants will be breaking out into four immersion areas and working in the StoreLab mockup. Networking events include the annual campus reception, the BBQ and band event, and focused discussion breaks.

We’d love to get you involved! Come brainstorm with scientists and LP/AP leaders from Neiman Marcus, Sears/Kmart, eBay, Walmart, Dress barn, Dick’s, Rite-Aid, REI, Bloomingdales, Nike, Maurice’s, Kroger Company, Big Lots, Lowes, AutoZone, CVS, Barnes and Noble, T-Mobile, Cabelas, OfficeMax, Best Buy, Kay Jewelers/Jared, Publix Super Markets, Walgreens, Pep Boys, The Home Depot, JC Penney, Kmart, Fergusson, Justice, SuperValu, Meijer, BJ’s Wholesale, Tractor Supply Company, and TJ Maxx/Marshall’s.

Please contact us at or 352-222-8202 if you have interest in participating in this year’s Impact Conference October 14-16.

By: Read Hayes
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Director, Loss Prevention Research Council





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Surveillance video shows police officer "BRUTALLY" punching shoplifting mom in front of her baby! 
Brandie Redell was in the process of shoplifting nearly $388 in women’s clothing from the Von Maur department store in Davenport, Iowa, back in February when she was caught red-handed. When it came time for questioning, though, it seems Redell was in for more than just a verbal lambasting from police. Surveillance video captured while she was being questioned shows an officer punching the mother, right in front of her one-year-old baby, to the point of a swollen eye. Now, Redell is claiming that she’s lost 60 percent of her vision as a result of the incident — and she’s looking for retribution. The officer who repeatedly punched her is identified as Scott Crow. Redell didn't appear to physically provoke or attack Crow during the police interview, yet he rushed her anyways, claiming her "hands were clenched" and she appeared "ready to fight". Crow also states that once on the ground, Redell bit his finger and would not let go, and that's why he started punching her in the head. He can be seen approaching the woman and hitting her repeatedly, while another policeman holds Redell’s legs during the attack. After the attack, she filed a complaint with Davenport police, saying Crow used excessive force, but her complaint was sustained. The department did not give details as to how Crow would be disciplined, however. Redell has two previous shoplifting convictions behind her, as the Daily Mail notes, and she will be in court for this latest incident on Aug. 23. (Source (Source

Milwaukee Family Dollar store employee dies; killed in robbery
Bill Melendez, Jr. was shot Tuesday afternoon during a robbery attempt of a Family Dollar store in Milwaukee. The robbery occurred at 3:30 pm, Melendez was rushed to the hospital, but past away early Thursday morning. Police are reviewing store surveillance video. (Source

Ohio man sentenced to three-years prison in N.H. for role in nationwide identity theft-counterfeit check ring  Forty-three-year-old Omar Patterson of Cleveland pleaded guilty to wire fraud and was sentenced Monday, nearly two years after he and two other men were arrested in August 2011 at the Tanger Outlet Mall in Tilton. Investigators found in their car stolen identities of hundreds of people and equipment used to make false ID cards and checks. They cashed more than $370,000 in bogus payroll checks at Wal-Mart stores nationwide between 2009 and 2011. (Source

Skimming devices found in multiple gas station pumps in Englewood and Moraine, OH  Moraine Police also found credit card skimmers at three gas stations, including the Murphy USA station and one in Englewood. No victims have reported anything yet. The Secret Service is also investigating the high-tech devices and trying to track down the bad guys. (Source

Dairy Queen infected computer system and possibly Fred Meyer gas station blamed in Sandy, Ore. credit card fraud operation  Sandy police reports 20 fraudulent credit card transactions in last three weeks with the local infected Dairy Queen register and possibly the Fred Meyer gas station being the cause. The malware captures credit card information and sends it electronically to someone else, likely offshore, according to Sandy police. That information is then sold on the black market, where it is used until the suspicious transactions are noticed and the account is closed. (Source

Identity thief busted at JFK airport trying to escape back to Russia
A man wanted on multiple counts of fraud and illegal use of credit cards was picked before he could hop a flight to Russia. An outstanding warrant for 41-year old Alex Bogomolny’s arrest has bond listed in the amount of $1.5 million. He had been originally arrested in Key West, Florida, where investigators seized the two dozen cards with other people’s names on them. It was during an investigation into where the cards came from that investigators found that he was opening up credit accounts under other people’s names. A warrant was then issued for his arrest on trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and identity theft. (Source

Mother charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor in a felony JC Penney theft  North Carolina authorities are charging Amber Branham with ‘contributing’ because she placed stolen items into a backpack carried by her young daughter. Branham was also charged with theft of property over $500. (Source

Early morning Detroit area jewelry store smash and grab caught on tape  Burglars hit the Elegant Creations store near 23 Mile this morning at 5am. Masked suspects smashed out display cases and quickly made off with an undetermined amount of jewelry and watches. Shelby Township Police are investigating. (Source

Second Sally Beauty store robbery in Virginia Beach occurred this morning, second robbery in seven days  Virginia Beach Police are investigating a robbery at a Sally’s Beauty Supply store Thursday morning. Virginia Beach Police Department said the robbery occurred around 9:30 a.m. at the store in the 4000 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. A single suspect left the store on foot. Moyers said. No weapon was displayed and no one was hurt. This is the second robbery at a Sally's Beauty Supply store in Virginia Beach was robbed on August 2. (Source

Louis Vuitton store smash-and-grabbed in Sydney, Australia; three arrested  Police have praised the quick response of officers after three men allegedly used hammers to break into a Louis Vuitton store in Sydney's CBD and make off with designer bags. Police were alerted to the robbery just after midnight on Thursday when the men, aged 32, 19 and 18 tripped several alarms. The trio were charged with aggravated break, enter and steal after being found in a basement parking lot. (Source

UK’s cross-dressing jewelry thief gets 10 years behind bars; stole over $930,000  The image caught by surveillance cameras will probably be something Vasile Bogdan will hope to forget. The Romanian, cross dressing thief used the disguise to get small jewelry shop keepers to buzz him into the secured stores. Then his gang would follow in behind and smash out showcases. The gang, numbered as many as 10 had hit several jewelry stores around London. Bogdan was apprehended following a jewelry store robbery of over $100, 000 when the store owner tackled Bogdon and held him until police arrived. (Source

Prince Williams Police nab Furniture store rooftop burglar with the help of the Fire Department  On Tuesday at 3:42 am, police responded to the Haverty’s Furniture Store in Woodbridge to an alarm. Officers arrived and observed an unknown man inside the locked business. Additional officers surrounded the business and eventually observed the man on top of the roof. A ladder truck from the Prince William Department of Fire and Rescue was called to the business in order for officers to access the roof. Officers were able to get onto the roof and detain the man. The investigation revealed that Eric James Pezely had accessed the roof by climbing an exterior drainage pipe on the outside of the building and then entered the business through a roof hatch. (Source



Four Plead Guilty in $200 Million International
Credit Card Fraud Conspiracy

NEWARK, NJ—A New York man who participated in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department today admitted his role in the scheme, the fourth conspirator to do so in a two-week period, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Muhammad Shafiq, 39, of Bellrose, New York, pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Vernina Adams, 31, of Philadelphia, and Raghbir Singh, 57, of Hicksville, New York, pleaded guilty on July 31, 2013, to separate informations charging the same offense. Mohammad Khan, 49, of Staten Island, New York, pleaded guilty on July 24, 2013, to an information charging conspiracy to defraud the United States.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Shafiq, Adams, Singh, and Khan were originally charged in February 2013 as part of a conspiracy to fabricate more than 7,000 false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards. Members of the conspiracy doctored credit reports to pump up the spending and borrowing power associated with the cards. They then borrowed or spent as much as they could, based on the phony credit history, but did not repay the debts—causing more than $200 million in confirmed losses to businesses and financial institutions.

The scheme involved a three-step process in which the defendants would make up a false identity by creating fraudulent identification documents and a fraudulent credit profile with the major credit bureaus; pump up the credit of the false identity by providing false information about that identity’s creditworthiness to those credit bureaus; then run up large loans.

The scope of the criminal fraud enterprise required Shafiq, Adams, Singh, Khan, and their conspirators to construct an elaborate network of false identities. Across the country, the conspirators maintained more than 1,800 “drop addresses,” including houses, apartments, and post office boxes, which they used as the mailing addresses of the false identities.

During their guilty plea proceedings, Shafiq, Singh, and Khan admitted they helped obtain credit cards in the name of third parties—many of which were fictional—then directed the credit cards to be mailed to addresses controlled by members of the conspiracy. They also admitted they knew the cards would be used fraudulently at businesses, with Khan admitting to personally using the cards.

Adams and her conspirators also used sophisticated methods—including a network of black-market businesses called “tradelines” providers—to commit fraud.

During her plea proceeding, Adams admitted advertising on Craigslist for individuals willing to add someone onto their credit cards. She also admitted selling other members of the conspiracy fraudulent “tradelines,” including by working with Acapulco Jewelry, a complicit business in California. Adams would extend a fictitious line of credit to a false identity, backdate the line of credit so it appeared to have existed for a longer period of time, then falsely report the line of credit had been paid.

The count to which Shafiq, Adams, and Singh pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense. The count to which Khan pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gain or loss caused by the offense.

Each defendant is scheduled for sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton, New Jersey: Shafiq on November 14, 2013; Adams and Singh on November 7, 2013; and Khan on October 30, 2013.

U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of the FBI’s Cyber Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford, for the investigation leading to the guilty pleas, as well as postal inspectors, under the direction of Postal Inspector in Charge Marie L. Kelokates, and special agents of the U.S. Secret Service, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James Mottola. He also thanked the U.S. Social Security Administration for its role in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Zach Intrater and Daniel V. Shapiro of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit and Barbara Ward of the office’s Asset Forfeiture Unit in Newark.

This case was brought in coordination with President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. The task force was established to wage an aggressive, coordinated, and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. With more than 20 federal agencies, 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices, and state and local partners, it’s the broadest coalition of law enforcement, investigatory, and regulatory agencies ever assembled to combat fraud. Since its formation, the task force has made great strides in facilitating increased investigation and prosecution of financial crimes; enhancing coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and local authorities; addressing discrimination in the lending and financial markets; and conducting outreach to the public, victims, financial institutions and other organizations. Over the past three fiscal years, the Justice Department has filed nearly 10,000 financial fraud cases against nearly 15,000 defendants including more than 2,900 mortgage fraud defendants. For more information on the task force, please visit (Source:



Eastern European gangs operating "shoplifting tourism" rackets are hitting Ireland's retailers  Traders have now resorted to special radio networks where all store security guards can be warned if teams of shoplifters are targeting specific urban areas.  The revelation came as it emerged that shoplifting and store break-ins are now adding up to 10pc to the annual operating cost of most retailers.  Gardai have launched Operation Aughrim in a bid to crack down on organised shoplifting, particularly by foreign gangs.  But the thieves operate for less than an hour in targeted cities and towns before fleeing with their takings, making interception difficult.  Gardai are focused on Romanian, Ukrainian, Latvian and Bulgarian gangs.  Three gangs based in Dublin, Mullingar and Kildare fly in specialist shoplifters, who are unknown to Irish security personnel, for blitzes of high streets and shopping centres. (Source
Pair used cloned credit cards, had cloning machine and stolen numbers - used up and down east coast  A man and a woman flew from New York to the Tampa Bay area to commit fraud using cloned credit cards, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. The pair had already made fraudulent purchases before detectives found the tools they were using. Deputies caught up with the pair at the Burlington Coat Factory in Sarasota. More than 50 credit cards and $3,000 in gift cards were found in their rental car. Investigators learned the two used cloned credit cards to buy gift cards on Tuesday at a half-dozen stores from Zephyrhills to Port Charlotte. (Source (Source

Two suspects dressed up like golf club members hit golf courses stealing credit cards and head to retailers buying gift cards up and down east coast - busted in Elizabeth, N.J.  Two suspects have been apprehended in a string of burglaries at East Coast golf clubs. In most instances, credit cards and valuables stolen from unlocked lockers at golf courses from Florida to Connecticut, including Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Investigators said that credit cards stolen from the Baltusrol lockers were used to buy $8,000 in gift cards at multiple stores in Union County. However, when the suspects tried to purchase $8,000 in gift cards from a nearby Target, one of the cards was flagged as suspicious, and the suspects fled the store. Police recognized the pair from the Baltusrol video and apprehended them. (Source

ORC duo hitting retailers in Hillsborough and Burlington, N.C. - one arrested and one on the loose  Investigators with the Hillsborough Police Department believe the pair was behind a series of laptop computer thefts from Wal-Mart in Hillsborough, as well as other larcenies at Burlington retail stores, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and AT&T, according to said Detective S. Bilsky. Hillsborough police said Nicholas Taylor Smith, 23, of 3345 Pond Road in Burlington, was charged by the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday with three counts of larceny from a merchant/organized retail theft and resist, delay or obstruct. Still wanted in connection with the larcenies is Randy Philip Ling, 25, also of Pond Road. (Source

"Serial shoplifters" hitting Orlando Premium Outlets - Police want public's help  Investigators are seeking the public's help in identifying a pair of suspected serial shoplifters who made off with almost $600 in clothes from an International Drive store, the Orlando Police Department said. According to a police report, the two men stole from the Guess store at Orlando Premium Outlets on at least two separate occasions. The report estimates they stole about 30 shirts, at a value of $599.70. "It is suspected that these two suspects are committing similar crimes in the area," police Sgt. Jim Young. (Source

Durham Target store nabbed ORC thief who targeted Barnes and Noble and Kroger.  Krystal Allen plead guilty to Organized Retail theft and conspiracy to commit felonious larceny, she will face the next 9 to 20 months in prison. Allen and another woman are believed to have stolen DVDs, CDs and video games from Target, Barnes and Noble and Kroger. Allen has a list of prior criminal charges and convictions. (Source


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How Leaders Can Address the Elephant(s) In the Room 
The elephant in the room is a tricky issue for leaders to deal with, and how should they be dealt with? The three elephants are as follows: ignored, imagined, or insistent. If it is a problem that can be solved but keeps getting put off, you can either tackle it head on, or keep putting it off.  (Get rid of your elephants in these ways)

Don't Make Decisions, Orchestrate Them  Managers need to make decisions, and help make sure that decisions also get made. Decision-Making is not just a one person act, it involves other people, engaged by the manager, to come to a conclusion. If done effectively, it will mean making sure everyone is committed to carrying it out. (Create your orchestrated process by following these examples)

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