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ORC 9-3-14




Two Orlando suspects plead guilty in $2 million Sam's Club, Wal-Mart scam in Florida  Two Orlando residents have entered guilty pleas in a federal investigation into a $2 million credit-card scam involving Sam's Club and Wal-Mart stores in Central Florida. Darius Cohn, 34, and Brenda Shoukry, 64, were part of a crime ring that fraudulently obtained duplicate Sam's Club credit cards, used those cards on spending sprees at Sam's and Wal-Marts and then sold those items for a profit. "The proceeds from those sales were divided amongst the conspirators," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida said in a statement. "The total amount of actual loss suffered by the victims of this scheme is over $2 million." Cohn made $127,329 in fraudulent transactions. Shoukry's involvement added up to $67,207. Four other Orlando residents participated in this scheme, federal agents say. (Source

Two Tobacco Store owners facing 20 years in prison for illegal cigarette scheme 
Authorities say a Pine Street tobacco store in Burlington, Wisconsin, illegally sold products and evaded cigarette taxes, which has led to more than 30 criminal charges for each of the store’s owners. Ronald Runkles Jr. and Thomas Banner were each charged with 16 counts of possession of unstamped cigarettes and 16 counts of attempting to evade the cigarette tax. (Source

18-year-old woman charged with felony and possession of 9 counterfeit cards at Chicago mall  Keari Hayes, 18, was charged with felony possession of altered or counterfeited credit cards after she allegedly tried to use a counterfeit card to make a purchase at a store at Orland Square Mall. Hayes reportedly selected items valued at a total of $141.38 and tried to use a card, the last four digits on which did not match with those actually registered to the card. Officers found a total of nine cards in her possession and in her vehicle - all registered to her name. (Source

ORC 9-3-14
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