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ORC 6-20-14



Lyndhurst jeweler admits role in $200M credit card fraud scheme
Lyndhurst man who ran a jewelry store involved in what federal authorities said is one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever prosecuted by federal authorities has admitted to bank fraud conspiracy, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said on Wednesday. Vinod Dadlani, 51, is the 17th conspirator tied to the scheme to plead guilty, federal authorities said. From 2007, the conspirators fabricated more than 7,000 false identities, used them to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards and then worked to improve the credit ratings of the fake cardholders before they embarked on a spending spree to rack up as much debt on the cards as possible. They were accused of stealing at least $200 million from credit card companies. (Source

Rohnert Park credit fraud suspect accused in gift card thefts hitting Safeway Stores for over $150,000 The Rohnert Park teen accused of using stolen credit information to rent a $240,000 sports car and two high-end vacation homes also allegedly stole about $150,000 worth of gift cards from Safeway stores up and down the North Coast by using fake credit cards to purchase them, investigators believe. Mohannad Halaweh, 19, and Nhimia Kahsay, 19, of Santa Rosa had been under investigation by a multi-agency law enforcement team for about two months before the duo was arrested June 4 in Sonoma County. (Source

ORC trio busted running organized retail theft ring hitting 8 Giant Food Stores in Eastern PA  Dwayne M. Evans, 28, of Briarwood, Michael Clarence Morrison, 26, of the Bronx, and Majida Abdullah Muhammad-Earnell, 38, of Jamaica, are accused of stealing health and beauty items from Giant from Jan. 4 through April 22 of this year. The eight thefts at Giant totaled about $5,130. (Source

ORC theft ring - Access Card theft ring - Save Mart Gift Cards  Merced Police have arrested a suspect involved in an access card theft ring. Christine Melton is accused of stealing account information from Save Mart Gift Cards. Police say they found items used to steal card information at her home. They also allegedly found property stolen from a Walgreens store. Detectives say Melton is part of a theft ring, and there may be more arrests. (Source

Skimming gang investigation continues in Southwest Florida
The search for suspects in a credit card skimming investigation is growing. Marco Island police just released these pictures of two people they say are involved. The investigation is now stretching outside of Southwest Florida. Marco Island Police released pictures of a man and a woman they say are involved with a credit card skimming operation. Detectives say the pictures were taken at a beauty supply store near Orlando. They believe the pair is connected to a credit card skimmer found at a Chevron gas station on Marco Island in late March. The crime has become so rampant, Lee County deputies and Cape Coral police just announced they'll be partnering up to routinely inspect gas station pumps for the devices. (Source

Businessman from India pleads guilty in $200 Million Credit Card Scheme; largest case prosecuted in the U.S.  An Indian businessman, involved in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever prosecuted by US federal authorities, has admitted to his role in the conspiracy and now faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a US$ 1 million fine. The banking fraud amounted to US$ 200 million in losses to businesses and financial institutions. The guilty, Vinod Dadlani (51) of New Jersey, is scheduled for sentencing in September. Dadlani, who owns a jewelry store, pleaded guilty before US District Judge Anne Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He used his business to further one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department, and is the 17th conspirator to plead guilty in the case, New Jersey US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement. Dadlani was indicted in October 2013 as part of a conspiracy to fabricate more than 7,000 false identities to obtain tens of thousands of credit cards. (Source

Pair used 'booster bag' to steal $10,000 of merchandise from Victoria's Secret at Sawgrass Mills  A man and a woman are accused of shoplifting more than $10,000 worth of items from Victoria's Secret at Sawgrass Mills. Hans Marin, 26, and Diana Diaz-Sanchez, 31, both of Colombia, are charged with grand theft and using an anti-shoplifting countermeasure device, jail records showed. A loss prevention officer in the store saw the couple crouching near a display shelf and stuffing clothing into some luggage about 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Sunrise police arrest report. After they left the store without paying, police searched the luggage and found a "booster bag" inside filled with clothing, the report stated. (Source

San Angelo TX man guilty; steals over 100 Furniture items valued at between $20,000 and $100,000  Anthony Serrano, 40, of San Angelo, stole more than 100 pieces of furniture from Trend Furniture store last year. The third-degree felony was enhanced to a second-degree felony because of prior convictions, meaning Serrano received the minimum punishment of the 25 years to life in prison and a fine up to $10,000 the offense carries. A video interrogation shown during the trial revealed Serrano and another person used a truck and trailer to take the property from Trend Furniture between Nov. 11-14. A witness identified Serrano as the driver of another truck accompanying the truck and trailer one of those nights. (Source

Thieves make off with $4K in cell phones from Walmart in Elizabeth City, N.C.



ORC 6-20-14
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