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ORC 3-11-14




No bail for parents in Northbrook $7M family shoplifting case  A Northbrook couple charged in a cross-country shoplifting spree was ordered held without bail Monday after prosecutors raised concerns the wife was faking health difficulties and her husband was concealing their wealth. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Mason detained both Branko and Lela Bogdanov as risks to flee if they were released while awaiting trial on charges of interstate transportation of stolen property. The decade-long scheme netted the family more than $4 million in eBay sales, much of it stolen by Lela Bogdanov inside a bulky black dress outfitted with compartments for stuffing large merchandise, charges alleged. Assistant U.S. Attorney Renato Mariotti sought detention because he said both were in the U.S. illegally. The prosecutor said the husband lied about their financial holdings and the wife falsely pretended to be “feeble” and unable to understand English. Mariotti said she had given lengthy interviews in English after her arrest last week. At one point, she scolded my agent and said...she spoke English,” said Mariotti, his words translated by an interpreter into Serbo-Croatian for Lela Bogdanov, who stood before the judge in orange jail clothing with her long hair in a ponytail. Mariotti also alleged she had tried to give the appearance in court of being a “feeble person” who “shuffled” to the front of the courtroom and leaned on a lectern to keep her balance even though surveillance video showed her “sprinting very quickly in and out of the stores with great agility.” Mariotti said Branko Bogdanov lied to federal authorities, claiming he had a negative net worth of $28,000 even though he owns a 5-bedroom Northbrook home worth well over $1 million and owns a dozen vehicles. The judge continued the hearing for Bogdanov's daughter, Julia, until Tuesday so she can attempt to find a suitable person to stay with while on bail. Mason rejected her first choice, her sister Sylvia, after learning she had been convicted once of retail theft. (Source

Oil City, Pa. man jailed on charges he stole & resold teeth whitener strips in local store  A man has been charged with shoplifting teeth whitening strips from a grocery store, then reselling them to a secondhand shop in northwestern Pennsylvania. The (Oil City) Derrick reports Kofalt stole the whiteners from a store in Cranberry Township, then resold them at The Attic, the second-hand store in Oil City, on five occasions. Kofalt has three previous retail theft convictions, making the current charges against him misdemeanors.  (Source

Credit fraud suspect arrested at Best Buy in Stafford, MD; attempting to purchase 4 iPads  A Maryland woman was arrested Saturday shortly after she opened a credit card account in someone else's name and purchased an iPad. Stafford County Sheriff said the woman entered the Best Buy and inquired about iPads. She then asked to apply for a store credit card. She handed the manager an out-of-state identification and her application was approved. But the manager became suspicious after noticing that she was looking at her phone as she entered a Social Security number. The woman then announced that she wanted to purchase three more iPads. When she went into the bathroom, the manager called the Sheriff's Office. The woman was still in the store when Sgt. Deuntay Diggs arrived. She said she knew nothing about any forgery, then ran out of the store after giving Diggs what turned out to be a fictitious name. Diggs quickly apprehended her and took her into custody. (Source

Walmart thief gets 15 days in jail
A West Virginia man whose theft spree at multiple Walmart stores ended in Marietta was sentenced Monday in Washington County Common Pleas Court to 15 days in jail-which he will finish serving in late September. Cody Peters, 28, pleaded guilty Jan. 21 to a fifth-degree felony count of theft for his role in the thefts where he and another Weston man-Rick A. Meitzen Jr., 33-successfully stole items from Walmart stores in St. Clairsville and Cambridge before getting caught trying to roll out of the Marietta Walmart with cartloads of unpaid merchandise on May 14. (Source

ORC 3-11-14
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