Update Report: Walmart bribery probe finds no major misconduct in Mexico
NY Times Initial Two Wal-Mart Articles Won Pulitzer Prize for Investigative
A federal probe into allegations of corruption at Wal-Mart Stores Inc's Mexico
operations has found few major offenses, and is likely to result in a much
smaller case than investigators expected, the Wall Street Journal reported,
citing people familiar with the situation.
The three-year investigation is mostly complete and the case could be
resolved with a fine and without any criminal charges, the newspaper said.
As part of the same investigation, investigators found evidence of bribery in
India, centering on widespread but relatively small payments made to local
officials there, the people said. Wal-Mart is likely to face U.S.
foreign-bribery charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act over those
payments, they said.
Wal-Mart spokesman Greg Hitt declined to discuss the particulars of the
investigation, but said the company is "cooperating fully with the government in
The Justice Department launched its investigation after a pair of 2012 New
York Times articles about alleged bribes the world's largest retailer by
revenue might have paid in Mexico to obtain permits to build stores there, the
people said. Mexico is home to about 20% of Wal-Mart's roughly 11,500 locations.
The probe uncovered evidence that contradicted some of the allegations in the
New York Times articles, said people familiar with the investigation. The
five-year statute of limitations made it very unlikely that other instances of
alleged misconduct could be prosecuted, these people said. But it is still
possible, these people said, that new evidence could emerge at the final
stages of the investigation to change officials' view of the case.
Matt Purdy, the New York Times' deputy executive editor, said the stories "were
largely based on internal Wal-Mart documents that described hundreds of suspect
payments involving millions of dollars. One of those documents, written by
Wal-Mart's own investigators, concluded that there was 'reasonable suspicion' to
believe Wal-Mart de Mexico repeatedly violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices
Act. To this day, Wal-Mart has not taken issue with the articles we published.
Instead, the company says it has spent tens of millions of dollars to improve
its compliance with anticorruption laws and it has removed several key
executives involved in the matter."
In the wake of the articles, which were awarded the
Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, Wal-Mart said in a
Mexican regulatory filing that it had removed its general counsel in Mexico, "in
the interests of the investigation," but declined to elaborate. It also says it
undertook an extensive internal probe of the bribery allegations, and has
spent more than $650 million on the probe and related compliance upgrades.
Much of the suspected bribery investigators unearthed in India involves
thousands of small payments to low-level local officials to help move goods
through customs or obtain real-estate permits. The vast majority of the
suspicious payments were less than $200, and some were as low as $5, the people
said, but when added together they totaled millions of dollars.
Because penalties under the FCPA are often connected to the amount of profit the
alleged misconduct generated, the payments in India wouldn't be likely to result
in any sizable penalty, since Wal-Mart's operations there haven't been
particularly profitable, said people familiar with the matter.
Feds Tell High Court Not to Hear Walgreens Armed Robber Appeal Based on
Warrantless Cell Tracking OK
The U.S. government has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear the appeal of a
convicted armed robber (seven armed robbery charges, one for Walgreens) who
claimed police violated his Fourth Amendment rights by using cellphone records
to track his location, saying the Florida man lacked rights related to
Law enforcement and federal prosecutors did not err by using records from
Quartavious Davis' cellphone provider, MetroPCS, to secure his conviction on
seven armed robbery charges, even though the government gained only a court
order - not a warrant - to obtain the records, the U.S. solicitor general said
in an Oct. 7 opposition brief.
The suspects attorney argued on appeal that the cellphone tracking violated his
rights under the Fourth Amendment. An 11th Circuit panel upheld the conviction
on good-faith grounds, but found obtaining cell records without a warrant was
En banc, the appeals court reversed that finding, with the 9-2 decision holding
that police adequately met Davis' privacy interest by obtaining a court order
under the SCA for more than two months of phone records for an investigation
into a string of robberies. law360.com
Sophisticated shoplifting operations are on the rise, says B.C. retailer
Retailers in the Lower Mainland are seeing an increase in the kind of
sophisticated fencing operation revealed October 15 during a Vancouver Police
Department press conference, according to the head of loss prevention at B.C.'s
biggest drugstore chain.
Organizers of the retail theft operation used drug-addicted people to do the
actual shoplifting, police alleged, then sold the merchandise through a
convenience store located in Surrey. Police seized over $100,000 in stolen
property, including items like toothbrushes, razors and over the counter
There has been an overall increase in retail crime across Western Canada and
that the crime is becoming increasingly more organized, said Tony Hunt, general
manager of loss prevention at London Drugs. Hunt said this type of crime
increases the risk of violence towards store employees and puts public safety at
risk because products are often not stored properly before being resold.
Retailers have noticed an increase in fencing operations in the Lower Mainland,
Hunt said, noting the fake store gambit is fairly common. At times, goods have
been shipped outside of Canada to countries where there is a lot of
counterfeiting and Canadian-originated goods are more highly trusted.
"The police and in particular the Vancouver police have been very active over
the last three years in shutting down these fencing operations and holding them
accountable through either criminal charges or finding them in contravention of
their licensing," Hunt said, "because they're essentially operating a second
hand store without a proper license."
Milwaukee Buck's, John Henson accuses store of Racial Profiling
John Henson claims he was the victim of racial discrimination at a Whitefish Bay
jewelry store. In this Instagram post, the 6-foot, 11-inch center/forward said
he went to Schwanke-Kasten Jewelry, during regular business hours. To his
surprise, store employees locked the door and told him to go away. He said he
rang the doorbell twice, but did not get an answer. Shortly afterward, the Bucks
player said two Whitefish Bay police officers questioned him about his vehicle,
which was part of his endorsement deal. They asked him why he was at the store,
and he said he wanted to look at a watch. The officer then went in the back of
the store, and told the employees they could come out from the back of the
store, Henson said. "This was one of the most degrading and racially prejudice
things I've ever experienced in life and wouldn't wish this on anyone," Henson
wrote. Tom Dixon, the president of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelry, said in a statement
that he has met Henson before, and there is no excuse for how the Bucks player
cites Ashley Furniture "again" for safety violations, seeks $431,000 fine on top
of previous $1.8M fine
A federal agency has again cited Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. for
alleged safety violations at one of its Wisconsin factories, saying the
company failed to protect workers from moving machine parts.
The company is contesting another $1.8 million in proposed fines from
previous inspections at its huge factory in Arcadia, in western Wisconsin. OSHA
said, Ashley failed to put in place procedures to keep machines from
accidentally starting up while workers cleaned them, changed blades or cleared
jams. The bulk of the proposed fines are for alleged repeat violations of
the so-called lockout rule.
In a statement, Ashley called the allegations "outrageous" and said it "will
vigorously challenge" the citations. "At all times, Ashley has machine guards in
place that are provided by the manufacturer and, in some cases, the company has
gone beyond what manufacturers put in place by installing additional guards and
implementing special procedures to protect workers.
SC OSHA providing safety supplies during flood recovery
As the state begins to recover from the flooding South Carolina has experienced
in recent weeks, SC OSHA said it will provide safety supplies to emergency
workers, employers and the public to aid and promote safety. OSHA Employees
traveling around different areas of the state will stop and observe cleanup
efforts. Where people are working in potentially dangerous situations or without
necessary safety supplies, OSHA employees will educate and give safety supplies
for free. Those supplies include hearing protection, safety glasses, gloves,
dust masks, reflective vests and Tyvek coveralls.
Wicklander-Zulawski Adds New Cities to 2016
With the addition of four new cities and two additional Premier
workshops, Loss Prevention and Human Resource professionals have plenty to
choose from to sharpen interviewing skills. Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, Inc. (WZ) adds four new cities to its 2016
schedule of Interview and Interrogation workshops including Miami, Oklahoma
City, Nashville and Little Rock. WZ also added two additional Premier Workshops
for a 4-city schedule that includes Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston, and Las Vegas.
Access the 2016 calendar here. "Our enhanced 2016 schedule provides
great opportunities for learning at all skill levels in many locations,
including our three newest sites," says Shane Sturman, CFI, CPP president and
chief executive officer of WZ. "Our Premier Investigators Workshop was so
popular last year we have added two additional workshops for 2016," says Sturman.
WZ's "6 Milestones to Elite" curriculum guide was created in response to an
overwhelming number of requests for an organized way to approach professional
development specifically for interviewing. No matter what career level, whether
just starting out in the interviewing field or if you need a refresher of key
concepts, professionals will find educational value throughout the 6 Milestones
to Elite guide.
For more information, visit
dead, six injured after 74-year-old woman drives SUV into H-E-B grocery store in
A woman died when an out-of-control sport utility vehicle crashed into a
supermarket in southeast Houston where she had been shopping with her daughter
and sister. The woman, 31, was among seven people who were struck about 1:30
p.m. Monday while standing near the cash registers at the H-E-B store along the
3100 block of Woodridge near I-45 south, Houston police said. The woman, who was
pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital, has not been identified. Houston
police said the driver of the silver-colored SUV was a 74-year-old woman. She
had been parked in a handicapped space near the exit. "She put her car in
reverse and for an unknown reason accelerated at a high rate of speed," said
Kese Smith, a Houston police spokesman. The SUV raced backward, slamming through
the exit of the grocery store. The speeding SUV also knocked away a heavy
concrete ball positioned in front of the grocery store that is meant to prevent
such occurrences. Authorities said two grocery store employees were among those
injured. Later Monday, H-E-B officials said they had been released from the
hospital. The condition of the other victims wasn't immediately known. Police
said the driver of the SUV was not injured. They characterized her as
"cooperative" and said she showed no signs of intoxication or impairment. H-E-B
officials said they will turn over any store security video to Houston police,
who are conducting the fatal crash investigation.
Rite Aid celebrates re-opening of Baltimore location looted during April 27th
Rite Aid on Tuesday celebrates the grand re-opening of its store at 300 Martin
Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Baltimore Tuesday. The store has been operating out
of a temporary trailer after sustaining significant damage during the protests
that rocked the city last spring. Joining Rite Aid executive VP Bryan Everett at
the ribbon-cutting ceremony will be U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Baltimore
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Safeway employees, elected officials, and community leaders protested Oct. 16th
at Safeway's Collington, MD., DC against 900 jobs being cut at Christmas
Cleanup Auction Looms For 70 Unsold A&P Stores
Haggen Gets Green Light For $92M Bankruptcy Auction Plan of Nearly Three Dozen
What to Know about Predictive Scheduling - More legislation picking up steam
Survey: Most U.S. shoppers hate Black Friday
Microsoft opening five-story flagship store in NYC
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DOJ Pushing For Enhanced Tools To Combat Cyberthreats
A top U.S. Department of Justice official on Friday called on Congress to give
prosecutors more tools to go after disgruntled employees who steal corporate
data and hackers who use spyware and other botnets to infect computer systems,
saying that current legislative gaps hamper their ability to combat these
"Corrupt insiders may be effectively immune from punishment under the CFAA -
even where they intentionally exceed the bounds of their legitimate access and
steal their employers' intellectual property and cause significant harm to
individual privacy and organizational data security," Caldwell said.
Prosecutors also need Congress to update the law in order to help them better
combat spyware, which allows criminals to surreptitiously intercept and monitor
communications and track location, according to Caldwell.
Finally, Caldwell pushed for enhancements to the law surrounding the prosecution
of botnets, which are networks of computers that have been infected with
The PIN debate: Retailers, banks divided on post-EMV card
ABA Lobbied FBI to Tone Down Their First EMV Warning - Chip-and-Pin Support to
The EMV standards taking hold in the U.S. are viewed by many as only a half
measure -- one that keeps a gaping hole in the security of the U.S. payment
system. In the weeks following the official EMV migration date, merchant groups,
consumer advocacy groups and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
called attention to the need to adopt chip-and-PIN in order to take full
advantage of EMV security. The warning marked the second time the federal
government came down publicly in favor of PIN.
But the FBI's original PSA was at some point taken down and replaced by one
that reads as significantly less severe. The American Bankers Association (ABA)
reached out to the FBI and asked them to revise their statement, an ABA
representative confirmed to ZDNet.
The NRF is hoping for "meaningful change" in the direction of PIN adoption. We
think the banks are going to have to move to pin eventually," Shearman said.
"Over 60 percent of consumers preferred PIN, and there's obviously a huge debate
over this now. I think PIN is where it has to go, and it's just a shame the
banks are squandering the opportunity to do everything at once. They are leaving
it up to a second wave that is going to have to come later."
rewrote its PSA on credit card fraud after banks complained. Why?
The new version walks back on a particular security tip. The U.S. Federal Bureau
of Investigation posted a public service announcement on the web last week
warning that new micro-chip enabled credit cards are not perfectly secure.
("Perfect security" is a pipe dream-so no surprises there.) Less than a day
after the notice went up, a "page not found" message took its place. You can
find a cached version of the webpage here.
After the post's removal, an FBI spokeswoman told Fortune last Friday afternoon
that "We're in the process-our headquarters is in the process-of reviewing it
because there is a clarity issue.
Foremost, whereas the prior post advocated for the use of a PIN in conjunction
with a chip-enabled credit card, the new post downplays this aspect. As
Computerworld reported last weekend, the American Bankers Association, a
lobbying group that represents many big players in the financial industry (and
also a recent data breach victim), contacted the FBI and urged it "to revise and
clarify its original post...to reduce confusion over the use of PINs with chip
cards." The banks complained, in other words.
U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee holds first meeting on
EMV transition - Better late than never
On Oct. 7, our committee held its first hearing on this topic. We
listened to experts in the financial services and electronic payments industries
explain the security rationale behind the new chip technology in major credit
cards, how the liability for cyber fraud shifts with this transition, and what's
expected of small businesses with these new payment systems. This Wednesday,
we're having a second hearing on this issue to hear directly from small
businesses about what this new technology means to them and their customers.
Change is hard enough in theory, but when it impacts millions of people,
controversy is inevitable. That's probably the reason the Small Business
Committee's hearings on the EMV transition specifically are the first of
their kind in this Congress. From the moment we announced we would explore
what the EMV transition means for small businesses, we've had tremendous
pushback from all sides. To me, this only confirms that this is the right
issue, the right time, and the right venue for a fair, open conversation.
How a criminal ring defeated the secure
chip-and-PIN credit cards - Over $680,000 stolen via a clever man-in-the-middle
7 technology lessons retailers learned in 2015
China reportedly tries to hack U.S. businesses the day after agreeing not to
Retailers in for a Very Digital Holiday Season, According to National Retail
Consumers eager for offers like buy online
pick up in store, free shipping
Top findings of consumers surveyed:
|● Average spending per person
reaches $805.65, comparable with spending last year ($802.45).
|● Spending on gifts for family
members will total $462.95, up from $458.75 last year and a survey
|● Almost half of holiday shopping
will be done online: Average consumers say 46 percent of their
shopping this holiday season will be conducted online, up from 44.4
percent last year.
|● 21.4 percent of smartphone owners
will use their device to purchase holiday merchandise this year, the
highest seen since NRF first asked in 2011.
|● Nearly half (46.7%) said free
shipping/shipping promotions are important factors in their decision
on where to shop.
|● 55.8 percent of holiday shoppers
will splurge on themselves and/or others for non-gift items, and
will spend an average of $131.59, up from $126.37 last year.
WASHINGTON, October 20, 2015 – It’s the most wonderful time of the year for
millions of Americans and this year, holiday shoppers have already added their
family members to the ‘nice list.’” According to the National Retail
Federation’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and
Analytics, consumers celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa will spend
an average of $805.65 on food items, decorations, gifts and more over the
holiday season, the highest amount in the survey’s 14-year history and in line
with last year’s $802.45. Spending on gifts for family members will total
$462.95, up from $458.75 last year and also a survey high.
“Despite the challenges that still exist in our economy, it looks as if
consumers are eager to celebrate the holidays with friends and family this
year,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “We expect consumers will tackle
their holiday shopping lists with a healthy dose of optimism, tempered by a hint
of caution as they look for ways to find the perfect, practical gift.”
“We continue to see positive momentum in retail sales growth, giving us reason
to believe consumers will show up this holiday season as they look to take
advantage of all of retailers’ promotional offerings,” continued Shay. “In an
effort to attract all shoppers – from the extremely price sensitive to the
online millennial, retailers will be offering exclusive incentives, low prices,
price-matching, top toys and everyone’s favorite - free shipping and buy online
pick up in store offers.”
Those celebrating the holidays will also spend on gifts for friends ($77.85),
co-workers ($25.95) and others, such as pets and babysitters ($28.05). Average
spending on decorations will reach $53.02, and $28.67 on greeting cards and
postage; shoppers will also spend an average of $107.80 on food.
Buy online pick up in store, free shipping high on busy shoppers list
Savvy holiday shoppers will shop around to find the perfect gift this year with
most saying they will shop at discount (55.9%) and department stores (55.6%),
and online (52.9%). Two in five (44.1%) will shop at grocery stores and
one-third (33.4%) will shop at clothing or accessory stores.
Of those who plan to shop online, 46.5 percent say they will take advantage of
retailers’ buy online pick up in store or ship-to-store options. Free shipping
seems to be the most anticipated promotion however: 93.1 percent of online
shoppers say they will use a free shipping offer when shopping for holiday
Almost half of holiday shopping (browsing and buying) will be done online
More of shoppers’ time this holiday season will be spent browsing and buying
online compared to last year - and the 10 years NRF has been tracking this. The
survey found nearly half (46.1%) of holiday shopping will be conducted online,
up from 44.4 percent last year and the highest recorded since NRF first asked in
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Study: The most likely time for online fraud is...
According to a new study from fraud detection technology provider Sift Science,
"The United States of Fraud," online transactions conducted at 3 a.m. are most
likely to be fraudulent. The high likelihood of fraud at 3 a.m. occurs across
all time zones. Also, fraudsters are more likely to transact during the
Looking at states where suspicious activity is more likely to occur, the study
finds that Alaska has the highest fraud rate based on billing address, while
Delaware has the highest fraud rate based on shipping address. In contrast, the
Midwest has the lowest rate of fraud based on both shipping and billing
addresses. However, Massachusetts has the overall lowest rate of fraud.
There are also differences in likelihood for online fraud by gender and age. Men
are slightly more likely to be fraudsters than women. And users identifying
themselves in the 85-90 age range are two and-a-half times more likely to be
fraudsters than the average user.
Other notable findings include:
● A user with two to four accounts linked to one device is eight times more
likely to be fraudulent.
● Purchases worth $0-25 are twice as likely to be fraudulent, suggesting
criminals test stolen credits cards for validity, trying low-value orders.
● Accounts less than three days old are three times more likely to be
fraudulent, while accounts that are two months old are two times more likely to
Can Amazon lawsuit stop fake reviews? Undercover Investigators Bust Fake Review
Writers - How about this investigation
Amazon has filed a lawsuit against over 1,000 users who allegedly offered to
post fake reviews for payment. The potential for online reviews to affect a
company's bottom line has led to a wide array of issues in recent years,
including legal action over bogus or negative reviews. The online retail
giant is taking legal action against over 1,000 unidentified reviewers, who
Amazon says have been offering fake review writing services for money - some for
as little as $5 per review.
The lawsuit follows an investigation conducted by Amazon itself. Undercover
Amazon employees went to Fiverr, an online marketplace for individuals seeking
to sell services to others, and looked for offers to write fake Amazon reviews.
The Amazon investigators would contact the potential reviewers and even hired
several of them. According to Geekwire, Fiverr user "bess98" offered to
write from various computers to avoid detection by Amazon. "Verifiedboss,"
another user offered fake reviews for money, asked Amazon's investigators to
write reviews themselves and send them to him or her.
This isn't the first legal action Amazon has taken against fake reviews. The
company filed a similar lawsuit in April 2015 against "BuyAmazonReviews.com" and
other similarly named sites, seeking to shut them down. csmonitor.com
Report: Amazon fulfillment center network of 173 supply chain centers globally -
far ahead of other retailers - The Absolute Competitive 'Moat'
According to a new report from ChannelAdvisor, the online giant has 104 North
American facilities and 69 facilities outside North America. The total number
includes fulfillment centers (FCs,), sortation centers (SCs), redistribution
fulfillment centers (RFCs) and "Prime Now" hubs (PNs).
"Amazon is very far ahead of any other retailer in the build out of
e-commerce oriented logistical infrastructure," states ChannelAdvisor. "Amazon
now has the ability to put millions of products miles away from a large portion
of the US population. In a world where selection/assortment, fast/inexpensive
shipping matter to the consumer, Amazon has built a huge competitive moat
that is 10X larger than the nearest competitor."
Amazon.com is increasing its holiday workforce by
25% with over 100,000 jobs
MasterCard to Tokenize MasterPass for Online and In-App Shopping
Alibaba fighting to stay off US blacklist for
Sony Pay? Sony's Plans For Mobile Payments
New Behaviors in Online Shopping and Fraud (Infographic)
Gucci Relaunches E-Commerce Website For U.S.,
Slow start for mobile payments in Canada
"Fraud is not a person - it is a dynamic
grouping of statistics that deviate from the norm."
Stuart B. Levine,
CEO, The Zellman Group & Zelligent
Memphis, TN: 3 FedEx employees indicted in $1.7 million shipping theft scheme
According to U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, all five men were part of a
conspiracy to steal wireless mobile devices from AT&T and Verizon throughout
2013 and 2014. The five men accused are Christopher T. Crawford of Memphis,
Akeem Gowdy of Memphis, Tavaris Mickens of Memphis, Juan Royal of New York City,
and Jordan West of New York City. Crawford, Gowdy, and Mickens all worked at
FedEx during the length of the scheme. They used fake FedEx corporate shipping
accounts to print labels, which they then used to cover the existing labels on
boxes of wireless devices. The boxes were then diverted to co-conspirators in
New York city and other cities. Each box contained thousands of dollars of AT&T
or Verizon merchandise. According to the indictment, each of the men knew the
merchandise was stolen. The interstate shipping theft scheme cost FedEx millions
of dollars. All five defendants are charged with conspiracy and interstate
Operation: Operation Gray King Arrest of Business Owner Financial Crime
Chicago Police arrested and charged a West Side business owner last Thursday
night after an ongoing investigation revealed the man purchased stolen
merchandise and unlawfully accepted cash in exchange for LINK card benefits on
numerous occasions. After receiving multiple complaints of a major fencing
operation in the Harrison (11th) District, members of the Chicago Police Bureau
of Organized Crime initiated "Operation Gray King" and developed intelligence
about illegal activities taking place at a store on the 4000 block of W.
Madison. Officers learned Al-Najjar, the store owner, was a large scale buyer of
stolen goods and also involved in "trafficking," a fraudulent practice in which
electronic benefits provided by the LINK card were purchased by Al-Najjar. As a
result of the investigation, more than $40,000 in cash was recovered, along with
approximately $30,000 worth of high value merchandise.
Albany, NY: Woman Pleads Guilty To $435K Counterfeit
Credit Card Scheme In Northeast
Federal Prosecutors say a 37-year-old citizen of Guyana has admitted to being
part of a counterfeit credit card operation that netted hundreds of thousands of
dollars in gift cards bought at stores in five northeastern states. The U.S.
Attorney's Office says Monday that Georgette Jackman pleaded guilty last Friday
in federal court in Albany to charges that include conspiracy to commit access
device fraud, aggravated identity theft and trafficking in counterfeit access
devices. Prosecutors say Jackman and two men traveled to 47 Price Chopper
supermarkets and other stores in NY, VT, MA, NH, and CT between Feb 2012 and Jan
2013 and used hundreds of counterfeit credit cards to purchase $435,000 worth of
gift cards. Jackman faces up to 17 years in prison when she sentenced Feb. 18.
She also faces deportation after completing her sentence.
Co, NJ: Two men face charges in banking, credit-card fraud case; high end
shopping spree and a dental visit
Two men have been arrested on charges of conspiring in a wide-ranging fraud
scheme that targeted an investment company, stole identities from individuals
and used bogus credit cards in a high-end shopping spree across Bergen County. In this case, the prosecutor added, Montecillo and
Maliwanag conspired to steal more than $20,000 from Acorns, an online and
cellphone app-based investment company, through the use of stolen identities,
forged bank documents and illicit computer-based transfers. A separate incident
was reported to detectives in Glen Rock, involving a local resident whose credit
card information had been stolen. Someone had used the stolen information to
obtain new credit cards that were used to purchase expensive watches, computers,
designer clothing and other items at Bergen County-area stores and shopping
malls. The victim's credit card also was used to pay for a visit to a local
dentist. The arrests came separately on Friday, in New Milford and Bergenfield.
Braintree, MA: Two men charged with stealing nearly $5,000 in merchandise from
Macy's and 6 other mall stores
Two men were charged with taking nearly $5,000 in merchandise from South Shore
Plaza stores, police said. Manuel D. Eusebio, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Gerinerdo
Beltre were charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. Braintree Police
said that the Loss Prevention staff at Macy's had alerted police to the
suspicious actions of two men who were making several trips between the store
and their vehicle. "A visual check of the interior of the vehicle revealed what
appeared to be a quantity of stolen merchandise in the back seat," police said.
Police watched on store surveillance cameras as the two men selected and
concealed merchandise, both men were detained and the merchandise seized. Police
said a total of almost $2,200 in merchandise allegedly stolen from Macy's was
recovered from the vehicle. Over $2,700 in merchandise allegedly taken from six
other stores was also found in the vehicle.
TN: 5 women Flash Mobbing multiple convenience store stealing hundreds of
dollars in Merchandise
The Sevierville Police Department is asking for help as they investigate several
theft cases involving five unknown women. Detectives say the group has hit at
least half a dozen convenience stores and stolen several hundred dollars in
merchandise. In one case, managers with Green's Market said they took nearly
$300 worth of candy bars. Detectives said the group comes in like a flash mob.
Boothbay Harbor, ME: Fugitive of 3 years sentenced
to $60,000 merchandise theft from Enchantments
Poplar Bluff, AR: Man charged with $1,000 theft from Walmart
Dothan, AL: Police arrest a teen in $600 felony electronics theft from Target
Tippecanoe, CO, IN: A local Identity Theft
investigation could be tied to a National Gang
UK, Wales: Two Morrison's store employees accused of doing 5,000 voids to pocket
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Gretna, LA: Survivors sue Oakwood mall over fatal Christmas Eve shooting
The pregnant fiancée of a Harvey man who was shot to death at Oakwood Center on
Christmas Eve is suing the accused gunman and the Terrytown shopping mall.
Bradrika Brown and Latoya Pierre, mother of the victim's minor daughter, filed
suit Monday (Oct. 19) in the 24th Judicial District Court against the mall and
Gary Francois, who is charged with killing James Vaughn. Authorities said an
armed Francois walked into the Foot Locker shoe store and fired four shots into
Vaughn, 24, before fleeing. Francois is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 3 on a
second-degree murder charge. If convicted, he faces mandatory life in prison.
KY: Goodwill Store Armed Robbery leads to suspect taking his own life
Somerset Police are investigating an armed robbery that led to one suspect
taking his own life, and the other suspect running from police. Investigators
said just before 8:15 p.m. on Monday, an armed robbery occurred at the Goodwill
Store in Somerset. Police said the employees from the Goodwill Store were robbed
by a man and a woman armed with a gun. After the robbery, Pulaski County
Sheriff's Deputies and Somerset Police officers responded to the area.
Investigators said a deputy came upon the two suspects at a railroad crossing,
the armed male fled the car. The man hide outside of a home and shot himself in
the head. The female suspect was able to flee the scene.
Valley City, UT: Suspect in West Valley Wal-Mart shooting surrenders
say they "negotiated the surrender" of a man who shot and injured another man
during a fight in a Wal-Mart parking lot last week. Cole Shields, 31, turned
himself over to police on Monday, according to West Valley Police. Shields
allegedly shot at a man he had been arguing with at a Wal-Mart store on Oct. 14,
hitting him once in each foot. The dispute began inside the store and became
physical in the parking lot. The victim was trying to get to his vehicle when
Shields shot at him five times, hitting him twice.
Pittsburgh, PA: Man with Pellet Gun arrested in Monroeville Mall lot
An 18-year-old man was arrested tonight after bringing a replica semi-automatic
handgun to the Monroeville Mall parking lot. Monroeville Police said authorities
responded to the mall about 7:30 p.m. when a pair of 17-year-olds reported that
a man showed them a gun in the parking lot outside the Cinemark theater. The man
was taken into custody. The weapon, either an airsoft or pellet gun, was
recovered by police. The man will face several misdemeanor charges, including
disorderly conduct and risking a catastrophe. A statement from Monroeville Mall
spokeswoman Stacey Keating said "There was a verbal altercation in the parking
lot this evening. Monroeville Police and Monroeville Mall Security responded
quickly and those involved were taken into custody within minutes."
NY: Walmart Armed Robbery suspect in custody, used a stolen BB Gun from the
A Watertown man is in custody after he allegedly robbed a Watertown Wal-Mart
using a pistol he stole from the store. Jefferson County sheriff's deputies say
19 year old Michael Champion robbed a cashier at gunpoint at the outer Arsenal
Street store around 10:30 p.m. Monday and fled with about $3,000 in cash and
merchandise. He was apprehended a short time later after a brief foot chase.
Deputies say Champion brandished a BB-gun pistol he stole from the store. He was
charged with second degree robbery, second degree criminal use of a firearm and
third degree grand larceny.
NY: New York State Polices seeking 3 suspects in Marshall's strong armed robbery
The subject in the dark jacket is wanted for questioning regarding an attempted
strong arm robbery of a cashier at the Marshall's Department Store, in the Cortlandt Town Center which occurred during the evening hours of Saturday. The
suspect was in the company of the other male pictured, as well as a female who
is not pictured.
Beach, FL: Dollar General employee attempts to chases down a Robbery suspect
Authorities have released surveillance footage from a recent store robbery in
Pompano Beach, in hopes of catching the suspect. On Sept. 30, the Broward
Sheriff's Office said a man walked into the Dollar General. Investigators said
the man looked through merchandise before coming to the register and asking
about the price of a drink. The manager told him the drink was $1 and the man
replied he had no money. The manager offered to buy the drink for him. When the
manager opened the register, the man demanded he give him $100. The suspect then
insinuated he had a firearm. He warned the victim not to push the panic button
or call for help. He also told the victim he had just gotten out of jail and
wanted the money. The manager complied and gave the robber $20 from the
register. When the suspect reached for the money, the victim realized the thief
was not armed. The manager tried to grab the money, but the man fled the store.
Announces Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award Winners
Friday selected as the 2015 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year; Orange County
Sheriff Master Deputy Jeffrey Newcomb, Runner-Up,
Detective Kenneth DeWeese of
the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Detective Marcos Rodriguez of the
Miami-Dade Police Department receive Honorable Mentions
The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state's premier trade association
representing retailers for over 75 years, presented the winners of its annual
law enforcement officer of the year awards. Detective Jason Friday of the
Sarasota County Sheriff's Office was selected as the 2015 Florida Retail
Federation Law Enforcement Officer of the Year (LEOY). Selected as the Runner-Up
was Master Deputy Jeffrey Newcomb of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Both
are being recognized in part for their work in preventing organized retail
crime, and will be honored at a prestigious law enforcement awards dinner on
Monday, October 12, at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. "The Florida Retail Federation
is proud to continue its tradition of honoring our state's law enforcement
community and recognizing some of Florida's finest law enforcement
professionals," said Rick McAllister, FRF President/CEO. Two officers were selected to receive Honorable Mentions and will be
recognized locally. They are: Detective Kenneth DeWeese of the Polk County
Sheriff's Office and Detective Marcos Rodriguez of the Miami-Dade Police
Lincoln County, Maine: Local Banks Report Rash of Regional Fraudulent Activity
Rise in debit and credit card fraud has been reported in recent weeks has banks
warning customers. Officials at The First and Damariscotta Bank and Trust Co.
said while there has not been a data breach at either bank, residents in the
region have reported unusual activity on their debit and credit cards. McKim
said the issue is not with the bank itself; however, the exact location of where
the fraudulent activity is coming from is unknown at this time. Conant agreed.
"There are so many players at work, it's hard to know where the leak is coming
from," Conant said.
Taos, NM: Spike in shoplifting drives property crime wave
Taos Municipal Court may seem quaint, decorated as it is with landscapes painted
by the judge himself, but it's not sleepy. The court's docket of shoplifting
cases nearly doubled during the last fiscal year to just under 90. Judge Dickie
Chávez says approximately 3 out of 4 shoplifting cases in his court concern the
purported theft of alcohol.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Expands Information Sharing Procedures to
Help Detect Counterfeit Merchandise
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) implemented a final rule expanding
CBP's information sharing procedures with importers and trademark owners with
respect to merchandise suspected of bearing counterfeit trademarks. Under the
final rule, CBP may disclose to trademark owners, whose marks are recorded with
CBP, confidential information protected by the Trade Secrets Act that appears on
seized merchandise and associated packaging, in order to assist CBP with an
Newark, NJ: Ukrainian man pleads Not Guilty to Federal charges of stealing
online banking information
Sergey Vovnenko, who allegedly used aliases like "Darklife" and "Centurion," was
charged in April in a six-count indictment that was unsealed last week. He had
been living recently in Naples, Italy before his arrest this month. Federal
prosecutors in Newark allege that Vovnenko and co-conspirators hacked into the
computers of an unnamed global financial institution with offices in New Jersey.
They allegedly stole user names and passwords for bank accounts and other online
services from individual users, then used online forums to sell the information.
They also allegedly used it to illegally access and withdraw money from bank
accounts. The indictment didn't estimate how much money the co-conspirators
Jackson, NJ: Jewelry store Distraction Team
believed to be the 9th time
On October 17, 2015, Two men committed a distraction theft at a Zales Outlet
store in Jackson, New Jersey. The same subjects have committed distraction
thefts in Elizabethtown, KY; Westminster, MD; Concord, NC; Frederick, MD; Deer
Park, NY; Edinburgh, IN; Arundel Mills, MD; Goodlettsville, TN; and Franklin,
TN. The two men were able to get away with over $35,000 in merchandise.
Los Gatos, CA: Gehrkens Jewelers robbed by a man and woman, employee assaulted
with a stun gun
Greenville, NC: Robinson Jewelers hit with a Grab and Run
Grand Folks, ND: Early morning Burglary reported at Kmart
Salt Lake, UT: Man accidently shoots himself twice in the pelvis, unclear if it
was an Armed Robbery
Athens-Clarke, GA: Shoplifter assaults Bell's Supermarket employee
Boardman, OH: $1,800 shoplifting case investigated by Police
Salem, IL: Circle K Employee arrested for internal
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CVS – Paoli, PA – Armed Robbery
CVS – Monongalia Co, WV - Robbery
CVS – Wilmington, NC – Armed Robbery
Dairy Queen – Montague, NJ – Armed Robbery
Dollar General – Pompano Beach, FL – Robbery
Dollar General – Hutchinson, KS – Armed Robbery/ Arrested
Dollar General – Shamokin Dam, PA – Armed Robbery
Family Dollar – Bassett, VA – Armed Robbery
Frontier Grocery – Post Falls, ID – Robbery
Flying J – New Caney, TX – Armed Robbery/ Shoots fired
Goodwill – Somerset, KY – Armed Robbery/ Suspect killed by Police
Grocery Outlet – Oakhurst, CA – Burglary
Kmart – Grand Folks, ND - Burglary
One Stop – Orangeburg, SC - Armed Robbery/ Shot fired
Rite Aid – Culpeper, VA – Armed Robbery/ Car Jacking
Rotary Mart – Burlington, VT – Robbery
Stott’s Drug - Searcy, AR – Burglary
Walgreens – Hastings, MI – Armed Robbery/ Arrested
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