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Guilty plea in $23m card fraud case
US man has admitted leading a stolen credit card trafficking ring that racked up fraud losses of more than $23 million. Between 2010 and 2013, Miguel Gonzalez used email and instant messaging to buy credit card data associated with around 114,000 accounts that had been stolen through network intrusions at corporations, including retailers in New Jersey. Gonzalez and his ring used the information to create counterfeit credit cards and then make fraudulent transactions worth more than $23 million. Gonzalez bought multiple homes, expensive jewelry and a speedboat. He has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum potential penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for 21 November. (Source

ORC Brady Bunch Arrested in Phoenix


Family of Five Ran Retail Theft Ring - Stole Over $15,000 in Merchandise - Sold Loot at Yard Sales  Police have arrested five members of a Phoenix family on suspicion of stealing more than $15,000 of retail merchandise - mostly lingerie and other clothing - to exchange for drugs or sell at yard sales. A two-month investigation by the Phoenix Police Department culminated in the arrest of five adult family members, who are now facing charges for organized retail theft, aggravated robbery and illegal control of an enterprise. According to authorities, the family mostly stole lingerie and other clothing from stores around the Valley from November 2013 to July. Among the stores that have reported losses were Aeropostale, Dillard's and Victoria Secrets. Police said one incident escalated when family members attempted a theft at Arrowhead Towne Center mall in Glendale and one of them discharged pepper spray into the face of a security guard who stopped him as he exited the mall. (Source (Source

Community outrage over rash of beauty shop thefts in Houston
Five hair heists in just over a week, one of the crimes ended with a shop owner being shot. Now community activists are calling for a stop to the crimes. Robbers shot the owner of Mr. Indian Hair store last week. He's fed up and so are others who deal in high-priced hair. Some now say they're getting serious about defending themselves, even if it means more violence. (Source

Thieves steal pricey tools from NE Houston business  Kas Brokerage, a Houston company that ships oil field supplies, is open for business today. But its employees don't have what they need to do any work. Sunday afternoon, a pair of brazen thieves broke into the company's northeast Houston warehouse on Lee Road and stole thousands of dollars worth of tools. It was all caught on camera. The thieves drove their vehicle into overhead garage door and one of them could be seen on camera slithering his way in through the opening. He then opens the back door to the warehouse and lets in his accomplice who is dressed in a suit and tie. The owner says between the damage to her business and the stolen tools, the whole ordeal is going to cost her about $10,000. (Source

Rhode Island cracks down on cigarette smugglers - 40% of state's cigarettes come from black market - 60% in NYC  Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and the General Assembly recently wrote a tough game plan to fight the explosion of tobacco smuggling under way along Route 95, “The New Tobacco Road,” a problem that is robbing taxpayers and the state of millions of dollars and stretching far beyond the borders of the Ocean State. Research indicates approximately 40 percent of all cigarettes consumed by smokers in Rhode Island are smuggled and/or purchased on the black market. Likewise, nearly 40 percent of the cigarettes consumed in the Boston area are illegal, while approximately 60 percent of cigarettes sold in New York City come from black market smugglers. (Source

Russian National Arraigned on Indictment for Hacking Retail POS systems

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