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ORC 3-26-14



16 Bulgarians Busted for Credit Card Fraud in USA worth millions of dollars in Chicago - two captured in Bulgaria - 30 arrested in all  Around 30 people were arrested in Chicago and its suburbs as a part of a special operation to crack down on an organized crime group, the Bulgarian International Television (BIT) reported, cited by Sixteen Bulgarians have been arrested during a special FBI operation in the United States for money laundering and credit card fraud worth millions of dollars. Many of the arrested Bulgarians are with previous criminal records. Two of those arrested have been captured on the territory of Bulgaria, Mediapool revealed. The FBI has reportedly been following the group in the past 3-4 years in collaboration with the Bulgarian Prosecution and the Bulgarian State Agency for National Security (DANS). They have intercepted a number of phone calls between its members. An official press conference on the case is due. Charges will be pressed in the coming days. According to US Federal law, each person found guilty could face 10-20 years in jail for each transaction made. (Source

Identity-theft ring leader gets 22 years in prison
The evidence at trial established that Bass was the leader of a group of conspirators who stole victims’ identification information and accessed their credit accounts at retail stores such as J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, Lowe’s and Home Depot,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. “Bass and his co-conspirators used this information to obtain merchandise worth tens of thousands of dollars.” At sentencing Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Sean F. Cox said Bass’ lengthy criminal record, including 13 prior convictions for crimes involving theft and dishonesty, factored significantly in his decision. (Source

Local Cops Bust New York Thieves in $400K Counterfeit Retail Receipt Scheme - all get prison sentences Monday in St. Louis, Missouri  A Maryland Heights traffic stop, near St. Louis, unraveled a five-state, eleven-year counterfeit receipt fraud scheme and sent the five New Yorkers responsible to jail for as long as seven years. Ishaan Davis, 37, and Ingrid Millsaps, 44, confessed to using stolen clothes, fake receipts and counterfeit identification to steal more than $400,000 over eleven years from stores -- including Ann Taylor, the Loft and the Gap -- in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. The scheme came apart on November 29, 2012, when Maryland Heights police officer pulled Davis over for a traffic stop. In the car, police found Toshiba laptop computers, a Star TSP 100 Future Print receipt printer, document-making card stock, counterfeit Florida and New York drivers licenses in Davis' name and the names of others and assorted clothing with sales tags attached. Police took Davis and two co-conspirators -- Shonta Simpson, 29, and William Randall Estes, 23 -- back to their hotel rooms, where they found more boxes of clothes with tags still attached mailed from New York. Davis, Simpson and Estes planned to return the stolen merchandise for cash using the equipment found in his car, according to the United States Attorney's Office. Estes received a daily wage for his contributions, and Simpson was awarded a percentage of the money from the clothes she returned. The most impressive criminal mind in the bunch may belong to Ingrid Millsaps, 44, who stole most the merchandise Davis' crew returned for eleven years. Once, on an order to send more clothes for illegal returns, Millsaps stole $60,000 of clothing and other items during a two- to three-week period. On Monday, the court sentenced the group to a collective 245 months, or more than 20 years in prison. Davis, of Springfield Gardens, New York, and Millsaps, of Brooklyn, were each sentenced to 87 months. Lewis, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 41 months. Simpson, of Brooklyn, received 18 months, and Estes, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to a year and a day. (Source

Phoenix serial Walmart shoplifter shot by police Saturday night - in custody  - had hit Walmart 11 times  The serial Walmart shoplifter that police were looking for Saturday night after an officer-involved shooting has been arrested, authorities said. Rodney McCullough, 34, was found Sunday morning with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right shoulder. McCullough was treated at a hospital and later booked into jail on suspicion of eleven counts of retail theft, all stemming from shoplifting cases at various Walmart stores in the Valley. Police believe McCullough has stolen $9,000 to $10,000 in electronics. (Source

Two men hit Walmart store in Columbia, Tenn. for $8k in electronics

Seventh person charged in ORC gang in Sarasota County
A seventh person has been charged as part of an organized retail crime ring operating in Sarasota County. Donnalee Ballard is charged with dealing in stolen property and petty theft, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. An additional 23 charges were filed Tuesday against the six other suspects arrested last week in Operation Recommit, a news release states. (Source

Columbus, OH area police, sheriff and helicopter track down Kohl’s shoplifters According to a Licking County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the suspect vehicle was being followed by several Columbus police vehicles, a police helicopter and the loss prevention officer’s personal vehicle. The suspects reportedly had thrown the stolen merchandise out of the vehicle onto the exit ramp. Another officer responded to the area to retrieve two vacuum cleaners, which also were thrown onto the road. Police were able to arrest the 2 suspects. (Source

Utica man faces several charges in connection with theft
A Utica man faces several charges after he allegedly stole more than $2,700 in computers, New Hartford police say. Jeffrey A. Trapp, 48, is charged with one count of grand larceny in the fourth degree, one count of attempted grand larceny and two counts of identity theft. Merchandise was purchased online at from Ghana, Africa, using stolen credit card information of several New York state residents. After the purchases were made, Trapp would allegedly use those identities to pick up the merchandise and then ship the items to Ghana. Where and how the credit card information was stolen is still under investigation. (Source

Duo charged with over $2,500 theft from JC Penney in Dothan, AL
Court records show Dothan police investigators arrested Kiara Shantre White, 24, and Vakeicha Howard, 19, and charged each of them with felony second-degree theft of property. Dothan police charged White with the alleged theft of $1,397.96 worth of clothing from the department store. Police also charged Howard with the alleged theft of $1,298.71 worth of clothing from the department store. The thefts occurred between Feb. 4 and 8. (Source


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