|July 11, 2014|
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Report: Wal-Mart seeks to keep bribe probe files from investors
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reportedly seeking to keep files regarding an internal
probe of possible bribes paid to Mexican officials to aid real estate deals out
of the hands of investors. According to Bloomberg, Wal-Mart is arguing in a case
before the Delaware Supreme Court that the files in question are protected by
attorney-client privilege. In 2005, executives in Wal-Mart’s Mexican operation
told senior management that at least $24 million in bribes had been paid to
Mexican government officials in order to ease the process of building warehouses
and stores. The payments were not disclosed in regulatory filings until 2011 and
U.S. and Mexican officials are investigating whether the payments can be
considered criminal. (Source
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Are Mobile Payment Apps a Boon for Both Customers & Fraudsters?
Clearly consumers love the ease of mobile remote deposit -- the ability to
deposit checks anywhere, any time with their smartphones. Now considered a
competitive differentiator for financial institutions, mobile remote deposit
capture (RDC) moves customers away from more costly item processing systems and
expensive branch and ATM visits, so it's a boon to banks. But could the age of
mobile payment apps, a valuable extension of self-service banking, prove to be a
boon to fraudsters, too? The truth is, much like customers, fraudsters follow
speed, flexibility, and convenience. As past evidence shows, the more
restrictions are placed on customers -- like low daily item and amount limits
and multi-day holds -- the higher the frustration and customer attrition rates
are. How do financial institutions manage to keep customers happy without
helping fraudsters? Unlike other areas of fraud, deposits require both
monitoring and potentially restricting access to money coming in and going out
of the account. Keeping the fraudster in mind, the check-image clearing process
should move only so fast -- to maintain certainty that the funds being made
available actually are available right up until the time the check clears.
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Ontario Provincial Police launches new online crime reporting
system. Victims of crimes such as theft from vehicles and property damage can now report
these to provincial police online. Ontario Provincial Police say the new Citizen
Self Reporting portal will allow the public to report select, non-emergency
incidents. An officer will not be immediately dispatched, which the force says
will free up police to focus on other, more serious crime enforcement efforts.
People will only be able to report incidents that do not involve an injury, a
suspect or evidence. If requested, an officer will be dispatched. The system is
meant to make reporting more convenient and police say it’s hoped more crimes
will be reported as a result. The system is available at opp.ca.
Canadian Tire to pay $7k to customer for being handcuffed to chair after refund attempt Court was told the customer brought back the training wheels, which were the wrong size, and presented his bill but was denied a refund or exchange by an employee and the manager on the grounds they were no longer in the original packaging. He then threw them on the ground and attempted to leave the premises, but was intercepted by four security guards, who forced him into a room and handcuffed him to a chair until the arrival of police 30 minutes later. Police released him after hearing both sides. No charges were laid. (Source montrealgazette.com)
Police looking for suspects in Airdrie Walmart $2000 theft.
Man in custody for Superstore robbery in Pitts Meadows, BC.
Pace of online sales growing five times more than traditional retail
Decoding myths about security, data breaches - Fact: Poorly managed breaches
destroy reputations Security and data breaches don’t favor one
organization or industry over another and are taking place every day. Companies
should consider the “how” of a breach — as opposed to the “who” — to evaluate
their exposure to a similar event. Retail operations remain a target to hackers
due to the volume of information in their systems, including credit card
information, confidential information for loyalty programs, and employee data.
The victims of these attacks are an organization’s most valued assets: their
employees and customers. Until recently, many thought data risk was trivial
compared to other threats such as theft, slip and falls, and workplace violence.
But with data compromise occurring at much greater frequency, it’s one risk you
don’t want to underestimate. Reputational harm stemming from a poorly managed
data breach can be catastrophic. (Source
Survey says 45% of shoppers don't trust retailers to keep their data safe According to a recent report by retail marketing firm Interactions, 44 percent of shoppers surveyed have had personal information stolen from a security breach. The risk is higher for the core millennial market, with 60 percent of 18-to 24-year-olds indicating they have had their information stolen. Of those shoppers surveyed whom have had their information stolen through a security breach, 85 percent tell others about their experience. (Source retailcustomerexperience.com)
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Deals and Discounts Furniture Owner arrested in $1 Million Arson in Jonesboro,
LA. The State Fire Marshal's Office is reporting an arrest has been
made in a fire at Deals and Discounts furniture store in Jackson Parish. Miriam
Kay Gunter turned herself over to deputies Thursday evening, charged with arson
with intent to defraud. Brant Thompson with the State Fire Marshal's Office says
it's believed that Gunter burned down her own store in order to collect
insurance monies. He says the May fire caused more than $1 million commercial
loss. Since her arrest, Gunter is out of jail on $10,000 bond. If convicted,
Thompson says Gunter faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.
Shots Fired At Lowe’s in Springs, CO as Shoplifters Flee Scene. Shots were fired at a Springs, CO Lowe’s home improvement store Thursday afternoon as a pair of shoplifting suspects fled the parking lot. The incident happened at 3:39 p.m. Thursday at the Lowe's on North Academy and Platte. According to police, the suspects were spotted stealing merchandise from the store. When confronted, they ran to a car in the parking lot, where a third suspect was waiting. Immediately after jumping into the vehicle, police say someone inside fired a weapon. No one was injured. Fifteen minutes later, police spotted a car matching the vehicle description and tried to pull it over. The driver sped off and was able to get away. The occupants later ditched the car. Police are still looking for the suspects. (Source kktv.com)
Conspirators sentenced in massive Tyler, TX Identity Theft Ring. The case of an elaborate identity theft ring that victimized more than 50 people and put two dozen criminals behind bars, is finally over. Thursday, the last defendant, 26-year-old Blake Gee, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. According to Tyler police, the ring stole sensitive information like names, addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers. Then, they applied for online loans, deposited that money into different bank accounts and spent the money after splitting it among themselves. In May 2013, a supposed ring leader, Brandon Sessions, was among the first arrested. In the days following Sessions' arrest, 20 other people were arrested. Kenneth Biggs, Smith County Assistant District Attorney. prosecuted the cases after Tyler Police uncovered the ring. In total, 22 people were sentenced after taking out false loans that damaged the credit of more than 50 victims. However, it's the organizers and recruiters to the ring that got handed the heaviest punishments. (Source ktre.com)
Charges dropped against man accused in Rite Aid and Albertson’s pharmacy
robberies in Washington Co, WA pending further investigation. A
motion to dismiss robbery and theft charges against 28-year-old Adam Michael
Horstman was filed Wednesday and he was released from the county jail the same
day, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lesowski. The charges were
dropped because the case required additional investigation, Lesowski said
Thursday. Hillsboro police accused Horstman of robbing pharmacies at a Rite Aid
and two Albertsons in Hillsboro as well as an Albertsons in Beaverton in May and
June. The suspect stole bottles of Oxycontin, Oxycodone and Ambien during the
robberies. Horstman was arrested on July 4 after police say he went to the
Hillsboro Rite Aid four days earlier to get a legitimate prescription filled and
pharmacists identified him as the robber. When investigators showed Horstman a
printout of surveillance footage showing the suspect from the May Rite Aid
robbery, he said it was him in the photo. (Source
of Homeland Security raids Detroit computer store.
July 10, 2014 – Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ), the industry
leader in interviewing and interrogation training, takes the issue of false
confessions seriously. In a continued effort to educate interviewing
professionals about the dangers and warning signs of false confessions, WZ
released its latest blog, “7 Danger Signs of a False Confession” by Angela Nino,
CFI, speaker and investigator with WZ.
Albertsons’ employees and 3 others arrested in credit card scheme in
Albuquerque, NM. Five people are under arrest, accused running a
sophisticated credit and debit card theft ring that started with a waiter at an
Albuquerque restaurant. Police said the group racked up more than $15,000 in
fraudulent purchases. “I'm not just surprised, I'm shocked,” said Salim Khoury
who owns Flamez Burgers & More. According to court documents, one of the
restaurant’s waiters, John Ocanas, admitted to using what’s called a “skimmer”
to record customer’s credit and debit card information. In the court documents,
detectives said Ocanas would give the stolen card numbers to Andrew Aragon and
Dustin Swanson. The two men would allegedly make fake credit cards with the
stolen information. Aragon’s girlfriend, Jessica Lopez, worked at the money
counter in Albertsons. She’s accused of using those fake cards to buy more than
$15,000 worth of gift cards and money orders. Police also arrested fellow
Albertsons cashier Tonya Russell because they said she helped with the scam.
Four of the suspects were in court Thursday afternoon. They’re all facing felony
charges including fraud, identity theft and conspiracy. (Source
Police investigate fight, uncover Bellevue, WA ID theft ring. Bellevue police made four arrests, uncovering what investigators call a prolific case of identity theft. Detectives removed several hundred documents from a unit at the Hidden Creek Condominiums. Some type of fight or disturbance last week led officers inside the unit where they found several people with outstanding warrants. One of the people was also holding three fake Washington I.D. cards. Police got a search warrant and discovered an I.D. factory. Police said they've confiscated 39 false Washington I.D. cards and driver licenses, 67 fraudulent credit cards, 28 false government I.D. cards, seven false Social Security cards and several hundred forged checks. There are at least 50 victims, according to police who said a few have already told investigators that they've been victims of break-ins or theft. (Source q13fox.com)
Employee Theft at Lowe's Leads to Mother, Daughter Arrest in Milford, CT. Milford police say Garbriela Deleon, 20, of Van Rensselaer
Avenue in Stratford, who worked at Lowe’s is accused of allowing her family to
receive merchandise totaling $2,750 and then returning it for cash. Police said
on April 27 they received a complaint regarding an employee theft that occurred
at Lowe’s. Investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Deleon, who
is accused of providing her relatives with store merchandise and not charging
them for the items. On three separate occasions in December, March and April the
approximate value of the loss to the store was $2,750. An arrest warrant was
issued for Deleon’s mother, Griselda Torres, of the same address as Deleon, who
is accused of receiving the merchandise and then returning it for cash and gift
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