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1 of 4 man counterfeit credit card gang in Tampa gets 3 yrs 8 months federal prison for hitting retailers  Calero-Alvarez, along with Yuneski Perdomo, Edel Gomez and Jorge Duran-Blanco, obtained stolen credit and debit account numbers and used them to create counterfeit or cloned credit cards, Bentley said. The conspirators used the cards to buy items that were sold for cash, which was then divided between themselves. Gomez and Duran-Blanco have pleaded guilty and are to be sentenced Sept. 22, Bentley said. Perdomo remains at large. (Source

Male-Female ORC Duo - Chicago residents may be linked to string of thefts across WI and IL  Madison police were called to the TJ Maxx store at Westgate Mall Wednesday. Officers arrested both as they were trying to get away. Inside the vehicle, officers found numerous bags of merchandise and receipts from many stores: TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom's Rack, Old Navy, and Target. The preliminary investigation suggests they had been returning stolen items for store credit or gift cards. A larger investigation is ongoing. (Source

Man steals baby formula from supermarket for 3rd time in Manahawkin, NJ  Shop Rite loss prevention officers spotted Anthony Browne walking on Route 72 after a reported incident of shoplifting at the Manahawkin supermarket, Stafford police said in a news release. The loss prevention officers recognized Browne, 35, from two previous shoplifting incidents, in which he had stolen $1,200 worth of baby formula, police said. Police also confirmed that Browne stole $855 worth of baby formula from a nearby Walmart after checking surveillance video. (Source

Virginia man faces prison time for crimes involving $19.8 million worth of cigarettes  A Chesterfield man faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his role in a crime that involved $19.8 million worth of cigarettes. Mohamed Seid Ahmed Mohamed, 56, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to traffic in contraband cigarettes, according to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Mohamed used his role as owner of City Cigarettes in Richmond to buy 440,000 cartons of cigarettes from wholesale stores between 2011 and 2014 without paying the applicable Virginia Retail Sales and Use Tax. He did so by claiming the cigarettes would be resold at City Cigarettes, according to his plea agreement. Instead, Mohamed and his co-conspirators sold most of the cigarettes to people who they knew would take the cigarettes out of state to sell in the black market - tax free. (Source

West Coast credit card fraud suspects rack up $30,000 - installed skimmers at rural gas station, affecting dozens  Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public for help to identify suspects they believe committed more than $30,000 worth of credit card fraud. Police said an investigation suggests the suspects used a skimming device on a gas pump in rural Cowlitz County, affecting dozens of victims. The alleged fraudsters made credit card purchases at retail outlets from Cowlitz County to Portland, to Los Angeles, Calif. and places in between. (Source (Source

Woman hits Walmart multiple times gets busted with $2,900 in merchandise in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

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