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Verizon Pushes NY Court To Rein In Union Strike Tactics
New York Locations Vandalized - Airhorns & Bullhorns Screaming

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday brought its fight with the Communications Workers of America to New York state court, claiming that the labor union and it supporters need to be stopped from damaging the company through aggressive protesting tactics being used during an ongoing worker strike.

About 39,000 East Coast Verizon workers represented by the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers began their strike on April 13, after 10 months of contract talks failed to produce a mutual agreement. Since then, Verizon claims that several of its New York retail locations have been vandalized and have had regular business activities interfered with by CWA members and supporters, according to a complaint filed with the Supreme Court of New York.

Specifically, Verizon claims that CWA members have been falsely informing potential customers that stores are closed, strike protesters have entered and remained inside Verizon locations and protesters have been using air horns, bullhorns, megaphones and "other noise amplifiers" without a permit.

Verizon's complaint comes little more than a week after the labor union claimed on its website that two striking Verizon workers picketing in Maryland were hit by a Porsche driven by a company attorney.  law360.com

The Biggest Food Safety Impact on Sales in Retail History
Chipotle Q1 comp's down 29.7%, sales down 23.4%

"Chipotle is looking at a 2017 recovery at the earliest, perhaps going into 2018," said Asit Sharma, an analyst at The Motley Fool. "The turnaround is predicated on doing whatever it takes to get customers back in the store at least once, to restore their confidence level with the brand. So they need to stick with this strategy, however painful the near term is."

Chipotle's sales had started to recover last month before fresh reports that workers at a Boston-area restaurant got sick with norovirus. That location was shuttered for cleaning and no customers got sick. Still, the negative headlines once again sent sales plunging.

Last month, Chipotle hired Jim Marsden, a former professor in Kansas State University's Animal Science and Industry Department, as its executive director of food safety. The chain has vowed to make its restaurants the safest in the industry, while saying the new safety measures will increase its food costs by about 2 percentage points.

Chipotle also faces legal issues. Last month, the company said it received a second subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California that expanded the scope of a previously announced investigation. The probe initially focused on a norovirus outbreak at a single restaurant in California, but now pertains to "companywide food safety matters dating back to Jan. 1, 2013."

Editor's Note:  This story will make the history books and will be used in Universities across North America if not the world, for lessons learned and mistakes made. It may even destroy this retailer who at one time was considered fast food's darling.  dallasnews.com

Online Retail Doubles Retail Job Cuts - 37,000 Jobs Cuts This year
The latest spate of layoffs in the retail sector isn't just a short-term slump, according to a Monday report by a Credit Suisse analyst.

Retailers are on track to lay off more than 37,000 people this year, more than double the layoffs announced last year and the most the sector has seen in the last eight years, analyst Michael Exstein wrote.

While layoffs are a standard response to periods with sluggish sales or extra pressure on profit margins, this round is a reaction to bigger shifts in where and how we shop, according to the report.

What makes this cycle different is that much of the decline is due to a secular change in consumption, both due to new online competitors as well as the shift in sales to the lower margin e-commerce channel. chicagotribune.com

Cabela's Pays $1M, CFO Pays $50,000 To SEC Over Accounting Failures
Cabela's agreed to pay a $1 million penalty to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's accusations that the company miscalculated a key financial metric related to a bank subsidiary, misleading investors about the sporting goods company's performance, the agency said Tuesday.

Cabela's Inc. failed to take out the effects of a promotions fee it received from its wholly owned bank subsidiary, which issues its Cabela's CLUB Visa Card, the SEC said. That failure led to the company reporting that it had as much as doubled its merchandise gross margin percentage in 2012, making the its financial picture look rosier than it was, according to the agency.

As part of the deal, Chief Financial Officer Ralph Castner will pay $50,000 to settle charges that he caused the failure to disclose the large impact of that intercompany payment, and Cabela's will pay the $1 million civil penalty, though the two entities neither admit nor deny the agency's findings, the SEC said. law360.com

Sports Authority Opts for Liquidation
Company counts on buyers to save parts of retail chain

Loaded with more than $1.1 billion in debt, Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy protection in March, saying it would attempt to trim its operations and restructure, while looking for buyers as an alternate path. Now the alternative route is the only path forward for the distressed retailer, an employer of thousands of people.

Some stores were already being closed when the bankruptcy filing came, others were to follow, and a May 16 auction is set for the bulk of Sports Authority's operations. wsj.com
 
Coach's Warning to Department Stores
Another Nail in the Coffin for Department Stores

Told analysts on Tuesday it was considering pulling goods out of certain department-store locations. It didn't mention names but said it would no longer participate in certain store-wide sales and promotions at the strained chains.

Clearly Coach doesn't want to hang around to see how deeply department stores will discount its products to get customers in the door. It's the clearest indication yet that the practice of department stores lowering prices to lure customers is an increasingly unwinnable game. 

Other luxury sellers are following suit, choosing to sidestep department stores in favor of building their own retail locations or selling directly to consumers through the Web. bloomberg.com

Department Stores Need to Cull Hundreds of Sites 
Research firm estimates to restore '06 productivity requires closing fifth of anchor space in U.S. malls
Research firm estimates to restore '06 productivity requires closing fifth of anchor space in U.S. malls
Sears and other retailers including Macy's and J.C. Penney have closed hundreds of stores in recent years as business has shifted to discounters or online merchants like Amazon.com. But the closures haven't been enough to offset a drop in sales, Green Street said.

Sales at the nation's department stores averaged $165 a square foot last year, a 24% drop since 2006.

Nordstrom would need to shutter 30 stores, or a quarter of its footprint. By comparison, Macy's, which closed 40 stores last year, would only need to eliminate a further 70 locations, or 9% of its base.

Department stores occupy about two-thirds of mall anchor space, and even though they are being replaced by restaurants, grocery stores, and big box retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. DKS 0.94 % and Target Corp., there aren't always enough new tenants to go around, said Green Street's Mr. Busch. wsj.com  


Americans to Spoil Mom - spending to reach $21.4B, average spend $172.22

Coach Shakes Up Management, Cuts 300 Jobs

T-Mobile launching 400 store major retail expansion this year

J.C. Penney to open 60 Sephora shops - 10 yrs. & nearly 600 locations later

Academy Sports opens 1.6M sq-foot distribution center in Cookeville, Tenn.


Quarterly Same Store Sales Results
Panera BreadQ1 comp's up 6.2%, sales up 6%
Buffalo Wild Wings Q1 co. owned comp's down 1.7%, sales up 15.4%
Chipotle Q1 comp's down 29.7%, sales down 23.4%

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Q1 Email Threats Soar 800% in a Year
The volume of malicious emails soared at the beginning of the year, with Locky ransomware and the Dridex banking trojan accounting for the vast majority of document attachment-based attacks in Q1, according to Proofpoint.

The security vendor's Quarterly Threat Summary for the first three months of 2016 revealed a 66% increase in emails containing malicious URLs and attachments over the previous quarter. When compared to the same period a year ago, the increase was a staggering 800%.

Another key trend for Q1 was the increasing prevalence of so-called business email compromise (BEC) campaigns.

Also known to some as "whaling," these attacks usually involve a cybercriminal posing as a CEO or CFO and tricking a senior finance employee into transferring funds out of the company. infosecurity-magazine.com

Report Offers Road Map for Cyberthreat Information Sharing
The public and private sectors need to increasingly declassify and divulge critical information if the U.S. is to set up effective cyberthreat organizations, according to a report released Wednesday by PwC that sets out a blueprint for how those groups could be set up.

The report explores two models of information sharing, those based on vetted members who share information freely and those organizations where membership is more open but data is vetted by a central manager. It suggests a combination of both models could be best.

The report suggests the information-sharing groups likely will need some type of trust-based model, including standardized processes and technical specifications across organisations, and PwC encouraged the U.S. government to participate as a peer.  wsj.com

Report says criminals are better communicators than IT staffers
Verizon, in its just-released annual report of report of cyber incidents, identifies phishing as the major problem. Of the over 65,200 incidents it gathered data about, about 2,250 resulted in a breach, or confirmed disclosure of data to a third party.

Humans remain the weakest security link. In looking at phishing activity, the report wryly points out that "the communication between the criminal and the victim is much more effective than the communication between employees and security staff." Editor's Note: That's why LP must get involved and help manage the process. Who better else than the ones who manages the criminals?

It recommended improving email filtering and awareness training, and developing a means to protect the rest of the network from employee mistakes.

The IoT has been identified as a potential security threat on a number of levels. Internet-connected devices can act as spyware, collecting voice, video or just usage data for unauthorized uses. And then there are James Bond-type breaches, where nefarious parties control machines, industrial settings, motor vehicles, drones and any connected devices.  cio.com
 
Data Breach Report Calls For Race To Catch Up With Hackers
Businesses are largely failing to keep up with hackers, who can turn employee missteps into damaging breaches in mere days, according to a report released Tuesday by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, highlighting the need for companies and their counsel to focus on enhancements to training and mitigation protocols in order to slow down the attackers.

It took hackers minutes or less to compromise systems in 93 percent of the 2,260 breaches that Verizon analyzed, and the infiltrators were able to extract the data from the system within days in more than 98 percent of the incidents.

By contrast, the targets of these breaches didn't find out they'd been breached for weeks or more in 83 percent of the cases, with the notification coming from law enforcement or some other external source the majority of the time, the report said. law360.com

Hackers don't just want your credit cards, now they want the pattern of your life
While underground forum users and other crooks are still very much interested in stolen credit card numbers, they're also increasingly keen to trade in another type of information: personal data.

Rather than just trying to grab credit card information, criminals are now looking for broader sets of data: names, addresses, dates of birth, and other identifying material which can be used to carry out fraud,
blackmail, and other crimes.

"If you have a credit card number, a name, and any kind of personal information such as the name of their wife or the name of their pets -- anything which can be used to guess a password -- you can get your hands on anything you want.

"Because when you combine any kind of financial information with all the personal information you can get on an account holder, basically you have ready-to-use fraud scenarios which you can use to target pretty much anyone. zdnet.com

State officials in New York are warning consumers of a new phishing scam involving so-called EMV chip cards
Scammers, pretending to be card issuers, are sending emails to individuals who haven't yet received their new chip cards, asking recipients to update their accounts by providing personal information in order to receive their new chip cards, or to click on a link to continue the process. By clicking on the link, malware can be installed on your computer or mobile device, according to the DCP.

As issuers keep rolling out EMV cards, it's likely to make a big dent in counterfeit-card fraud, but crooks are adapting by trying easier ways to getting their hands on sensitive personal and account data. That's what the recent phishing scams aimed at consumers who haven't yet received their chip cards are trying to do. By compiling profiles on individual consumers, some scammers are able to open credit cards in their victims' names. cbsnews.com

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Deadline April 30: Vector Security Accepting Applications for 2016 LPF Scholarships

Intelligent security and home automation provider continues commitment to furthering loss prevention education

PITTSBURGH - Vector Security, Inc., the provider of intelligent security and home automation solutions tailored to the needs of customers, is accepting applications for its 2016 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarship program from now through April 30, 2016. Applications can be submitted via the Vector Security website at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

The scholarships provide financial support to loss prevention professionals - or those who have an interest in loss prevention - seeking to obtain LPQ and LPC certifications. Vector Security began awarding the scholarships in 2009 in support of career development and continuing education for professionals in this important and rapidly-growing industry.

The scholarships cover all course and examination fees for retail loss prevention professionals who wish to obtain LPF's Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) or Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

In 2012, the program was expanded into Canada and will continue this year as well. A total of 10 LPQ and 10 LPC scholarships will be awarded to U.S.-based professionals, while another five LPC scholarships will be awarded to Canadian-based professionals.

"We are pleased to collaborate with the Loss Prevention Foundation once again to support loss prevention education and certification," said Michael T. Grady, LPC, Executive Vice President, Vector Security. "We value the contributions loss prevention professionals make to this industry and our commitment to this profession remains strong."

He added, "Over the years, LPQ and LPC certifications have become immensely popular and well-respected. Through our scholarship program, we're honored to assist worthy individuals who otherwise may be hindered by the costs associated with obtaining this certification."

Anyone currently in the loss prevention industry, or has an interest in the industry, may apply for an LPQ scholarship. Those applying for the LPC scholarship must meet certain eligibility requirements. Detailed information can be found at www.vectorsecurity.com/lpfscholarship.

Vector Security has awarded 161 scholarships totaling almost $148,865 since the program began in 2009.
 

 

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Online Fraud is Spiking Worldwide - Understanding Reason Codes is Critical
Financial Fraud Action UK reveal that financial fraud losses grew by 26% in 2015

Monica Eaton-Cardone, co-founder, comments: "These are staggering figures, illustrating a worrying upward trend in online fraud. The adoption of EMV in the US is pushing more fraudsters online, while complex new technologies have made it difficult for merchants to offer omnichannel experiences while remaining secure. Internationally, fraud on UK cards from overseas has risen 25% in the last year, according to FFA, and it's clear merchants are struggling."

Chargebacks911 has seen friendly fraud rise 150% since 2009, while chargebacks grew 55% in the same period. Part of the cost problem for merchants is that when they are hit by fraud they do not fully understand the reason codes reported back to them by the issuing bank.

Each card network, such as MasterCard or Visa, has its own unique set of chargeback reason codes, informing merchants of a host of reasons why they may have been hit with a chargeback. Once a merchant understands the true reasons behind chargebacks against them, they can put in place the necessary steps to successfully dispute fraudulent claims, and best practice processes to minimise the risk of them happening again. businesswire.com

Estonian sentenced in U.S. to 7 yrs. in prison for $14M advertising click fraud
Servers were used to divert users on infected computers who clicked on search results links to sites for which the conspirators received traffic-based fees, prosecutors said. reuters.com

Minority markets ignored by Amazon Prime
Bloomberg Extensive Study Shows Inequality

Amazon Prime has been adding new features and markets at a rapid clip, but a new report reveals that white communities and zip codes are overrepresented in service areas.

In major markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington, black citizens are about half as likely to have access to Amazon same-day delivery as white residents. And in Boston, this is true even in areas where black and white residents have roughly the same income.

There's no evidence that Amazon makes decisions on where to deliver based on race. Amazon says its plan is to focus its same-day service on ZIP codes where there's a high concentration of Prime members, and then expand the offering to fill in the gaps over time.

Yet in cities where most of those paying members are concentrated in predominantly white parts of town, a solely data-driven calculation that looks at numbers instead of people can reinforce long-entrenched inequality in access to retail services. For people who live in black neighborhoods not served by Amazon, the fact that it's not deliberate doesn't make much practical difference.

Amazon won't reveal specifics about how it decides its same-day delivery areas -the competition would kill for that info. Broadly speaking, it comes down to cost.

Some excluded ZIP codes correspond with higher crime rates. Amazon won't say whether concerns about stolen packages or the safety of drivers figure into its decisions about where to deliver, saying only "the safety of our employees is a top priority."

Income inequality may also play a part. Many excluded areas have average household incomes below the national average.

Overall, though, in cities where same-day service doesn't extend to most residents, those left out are disproportionately black.

Amazon says it's misleading to scrutinize its current delivery areas so closely, because the service is new and evolving. Eventually, coverage will extend to every ZIP code in same-day cities.  bloomberg.com


 

 


ORC Leaders Series

Coming Soon - Kevin Plante, Director, Loss Prevention Reporting and Analytics, CVS
Over the past 25+ years, Kevin has held a number of senior-level LP positions with national retailers ranging from Pep Boys to Staples to his current role at CVS. He has also worked tirelessly to help promote collaboration and partnerships within the LP industry through his founding of the New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance and his involvement with the Retailers Association of Massachusetts as Chairman of their LP Committee since 2005.

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Bloods-linked gang members charged with running $414K identity-theft ring
Hitting Barney's & Saks Fifth Ave in NYC & Reselling Luxury Goods

More than three dozen members of a Bloods-affiliated gang were charged Tuesday with running a $414,000 identity-theft ring focused on making purchases with stolen credit card accounts at Barneys, prosecutors said Tuesday.

In all, 39 gang members, who called themselves the "Pop Out Boys," used stolen bank information it pulled from the Dark Web to create their own credit cards to shop at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue
, said NYPD Inspector Joseph Dowling. Their gang name referred to their flashy lifestyle. "They sort of pop out, wearing expensive clothes, a lot of popping the cork on champagne bottles," Dowling said.

Detectives executed eight search warrants, finding five handguns and five "credit card mills," which included computers, credit-card making equipment and cash, Dowling said.

"In at least one case, an individual is accused of making nearly twenty trips to the same luxury department store to buy designer clothes and merchandise," DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.

The suspects bought and resold Goyard handbags and other luxury items, then used the cash to fund nightclub outings and trips to Miami, California and Georgia, police said.

Detectives caught wind of the alleged fraud while investigating another case at Barneys. They saw some of the defendants shopping with a stack of credit cards, Dowling said. nydailynews.com


Montebello, CA: Police make arrests in $500,000 Shoplifting Ring targeting Victoria's Secret, JC Penney
Two people were arrested and two others were cited for allegedly taking part in a shoplifting ring that targeted Southern California Victoria's Secret and JC Penney stores, making off with more than $500,000 in merchandise, Montebello police said Tuesday. Gabriel Contreras, 23, of Highland, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and grand theft, and Riverside resident Guadalupe Rocio Morales, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property, according to police. The arrests were the result of a three-week investigation conducted by Montebello police in conjunction with loss-prevention agents from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney, according to Montebello police Lt. Andrew Vuncanon. A search of Morales' home turned up a significant amount of clothing, handbags, makeup, perfume and lotions believed to be stolen from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney worth an estimated $489,000, Vuncanon said. The investigation led authorities to another Riverside home where they recovered an additional $20,000 worth of stolen property from Victoria's Secret and JC Penney. Two women were detained at the home and cited to appear in court for allegedly possessing the stolen clothing and property. whittierdailynews.com facebook.com

ORC Trio busted hitting CVS in Milford, Conn.
Three people have been arrested after Milford Police were called to a CVS for a shoplifting and caught the shoplifters in the act. Police have charged 26 year old Michelle Ripani of Meriden, 28 year old Michael Lusardo of Hamden and 31 year old Dean Goss of Hamden with shoplifting. Ripani and Lusardo are also charged with larceny 6th and conspiracy to commit larceny 6th. Goss is also charged with conspiracy to commit larceny 6th.

According to police, 33 cases of Red Bull energy drinks, 13 cans of baby forumula and 5 pars of jeans totaling over $800 that were taken from the store were found in their vehicle.
wtnh.com

Heroin behind ORC ammo theft at Gander Mountain
"I picked up the habit and became a heroin addict," Paul Goetz-Hoke, 28, explained as his reason for stealing over $14,000 in gun ammunition from Gander Mountain in January. Goetz-Hoke pleaded guilty to first degree retail theft and organized crime - both five-year felonies. He will be sentenced June 6.

The boxes of Blazer brass, valued at $120 a box, and Winchester shells worth $49.99 a box were then taken to Coldwater Gun and Pawn and sold for cash so he could buy drugs. Goetz-Hoke told the store his father had a storage unit where he had hoarded the ammunition which he now was selling off. Branch County prosecutor Ralph Kimble said the pawn shop owner still was suspicious and came to him. Police were asked to investigate. Coldwater Police uncovered the thefts from Gander Mountain.

Also arrested was Kayla Wagoner, 21, who acted as a look out and distraction so Goetz-Hoke could take the boxes of shells.
 thedailyreporter.com
 
Credit card fraud ring busted; hit local post offices - Bulk Buying Gift Cards
Six men who allegedly belonged to a multi-state credit card fraud ring that struck a series of Westchester post offices were arrested on felony charges in Manhattan Tuesday.

Eric Robinson, Eldridge Mitchell, Jhaymes Bethel Brown, Jr. and Kordell Nesbitt are accused of using American Express, Visa and MasterCard gift cards to defraud victims out of more than $150,000. They went to various post offices in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, where they purchased American Express, Visa, and MasterCard gift cards ("Gift Cards"). Typically, the defendants bought or attempted to buy several $500 Gift Cards at one time.

As a result, the victims whose bank account information had been stolen and encoded onto the fraudulent credit cards were left to pay for the gift cards, which cost up to $500. Frequently, the stolen bank account information was for bank accounts maintained in foreign countries.
lohud.com  llawfuel.com
Woodburn, OR: Couple accused of Stealing Thousands of dollars in Merchandise from Woodburn Premium Outlets
An out-of-state couple was arrested earlier this month for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from various stores at Woodburn Premium Outlets. Mayra Gutierrez-Leon, 29, and Eddwin Ricardo Bejerano-Barrios, 28, both of Los Angeles, were arrested at the mall April 8, after Woodburn police received reports from several different store witnesses and video surveillance showing the couple stealing clothing. After contacting the suspects and searching their vehicle, officers allegedly recovered additional stolen merchandise valued over $5,000. Recovered clothing merchandise was returned to various stores at the mall, but the Woodburn Police Department is working to return additional stolen merchandise to stores not located at the mall. The couple was found in possession of tools used to remove clothing alarm sensors and "booster" bags that had been modified to attempt to defeat store alarm pedestals. According to police, the couple was transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility and lodged on one charge each of organized retail theft, a class B felony. portlandtribune.com


Troy, MI: Retail fraud suspect caught after multi-city police chase
A man from Detroit has been charged with first degree retail fraud and eluding a police officer after he was arrested following a police chase through several communities. On Friday, Troy officers were sent to the Walmart on Maple on a report from their loss prevention that they attempted to stop a suspect for stealing $2,536 worth of store merchandise. The driver, a 32 year old man from Detroit was arrested and charged with first degree retail fraud and eluding a police officer. theoaklandpress.com


Fredrick, MD: 2 charged after Police recover $1,000 of stolen merchandise from Wegmans & vehicle

Toms River, NJ: ID Sought In $1,000 Shop Rite Baby Formula Theft

Boynton Beach, FL: Two women used pepper spray on a loss prevention officer at a store in the 300 block of North Congress Avenue, then took off with merchandise
 

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Shootings

Hoover, AL: Co-worker pleads not guilty in ambush killing at Home Depot

The man accused of fatally shooting his co-worker in a Hoover store's parking lot has pleaded not guilty to murder. Court records say 23-year-old Kareem Dacar Gaymon entered the plea in Shelby County Circuit Court Tuesday. Gaymon is charged in the death of 25-year-old Xavier Montez Beasley. He was found dead Sept. 5 in the parking lot of the Home Depot in Hoover where the two worked. Police have said Gaymon left work earlier that night and waited for Beasley in the store's parking lot. Prosecutors said in a bond recommendation document that 14 shots were fired, seven hit Beasley and the shooting was unprovoked. al.com


Robberies & Thefts


Off- Duty Atlanta Police Officer working Security beats a man over a suspected Tomato theft; the man indeed made the purchase
An Atlanta man was severely beaten and hospitalized after a cop working as a security guard beat him with a baton over a tomato he had purchased. After Tyrone Carnegay was hospitalized and cuffed to a hospital bed with a broken leg and a severed artery, Atlanta police took him to jail, where he spent three days before the charges were dropped. "He got whacked seven or eight times across the shin and actually broke both bones, both the fibula and the tibula," Carnegay's lawyer, Craig Jones said, told the New York Daily News.
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Williamsburg, NY: Employee of Bender's Christian Store sentenced for pocketing $100k
Lancaster man is heading to prison after pocketing profits from a store that sells Christian goods. Officials say 35-year-old Richard Pascucci admitted to stealing $100,000 in funds from the western New York business while working at Bender's Christian Store by falsifying gift certificate records and removing the cash value thereafter. The theft isn't the first on Pasucci's record. Officials say he also has been convicted of stealing funds from two elderly clients he served as a financial adviser. The Judge mandated Pascucci repay all funds he stole from the store in full while also sentencing the man to prison for four to eight years.
wivb.com

Schaumburg, IL: Suburban Store Owner Amazed by Customers' Reaction to Theft
The owner of a suburban HobbyTown said he was ready to give up after burglars broke into his store and stole thousands of dollars in merchandise this month, but he was quickly surprised with what happened the day after the theft. Burglars targeted the HobbyTown in last week, stealing an estimated $5,000 in merchandise in less than two minutes.
nbcchicago.com

Santa Ana, CA: Feds break up $14M money-laundering scheme linked to fraudulent Armenian passports
Federal authorities have arrested seven people charged in an identity theft and international money-laundering scheme that netted $14 million in fraudulently obtained federal income tax refunds. The seven arrested were part of a 10-member group. At least seven of the suspects are from the San Fernando Valley. The IRS has identified about 7,000 fraudulent tax returns related to the scheme that sought about $38 million in refunds. The IRS issued about $14 million in refunds and the money was deposited into and laundered through bank accounts.
dailynews.com

Benton Township, MI: Walmart Shoplifter sets Fire in Restroom to Distract Door Greeter, FAIL

Ex-Art Studio Employee Pleads Guilty in "Afghan Girl" Photograph Theft

Austin, TX: Stolen autographed Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck Guitar returned

Dilworth, MN: Woman charged with stealing $875 from purse from Wal-Mart loss-prevention trainee

Providence, RI: 'top hat robber' caught after robbing 2 other CVS stores

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Burglary Investigation at Foot Locker

Jupiter, FL: Man fails to make clean getaway with stolen adult diapers



Counterfeit

UK: Plymouth, Scotland: Huge haul of fake One Direction garments sold by Plymouth gang


Skimming Reports

Largo, FL: Touch DNA forensic technology used to nab gas station skimmer crook
Using incredible technology to track invisible DNA, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and Largo Police Department were able to catch an alleged crook accused of installing skimming devices at Largo gas pumps. A simple touch of the hand proved to be the exact road map Pinellas County authorities needed to link skimmers found at a 7/11 gas station in Largo to 35-year-old Rafael De Los Rios, accused of trying to cheat customers out of cash. Skin cells proved to be the last puzzle piece in this arrest. wfla.com

Skimmer found on gas pump in Park City, KS


Credit Card Fraud

Westchester, NY: Credit Card Fraud Ring Involved Westchester Post Offices; Six men were charged for using stolen bank account information to buy $150,000 in gift cards
A credit card fraud ring, involving some Westchester post offices, has been broken up. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced Tuesday that charges have been brought against six men "stemming from their conspiracy to commit credit card fraud and their commission of credit card fraud,". Four men have been arrested: Eric Robinson, Eldridge Mitchell, Jhaymes Bethel Brown Jr. and Kordell Nesbitt, two men remain at large. "As alleged, these six men conspired to use fraudulent credit cards, encoded with the stolen bank account information of victims, to purchase scores of American Express, Visa and MasterCards," Bharara said. Together with our partners at the[U.S. Postal Inspection Service, we have put this alleged criminal ring out of business," he said. According to the unsealed complaint, the six defendants went to various post offices from May 2015 through August 2015 and purchased the gift cards, allegedly several $500 gift cards at a time. The gift cards were allegedly purchased using fraudulent credit cards. In four months, the six men defrauded others, or attempted to defraud others, out of more than $150,000.
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