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ORC 11-20-14




Ringleader ordered to pay $4.4M in Verizon warehouse thefts in Oklahoma Federal Court  An Oklahoma federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a 59-year-old Colorado man to seven years in prison for stealing and then selling telecommunications equipment worth millions of dollars. Oklahoma federal Judge John E. Dowell also ordered Jesse Michael Greenwald to pay $4.4 million in restitution, said Danny C. Williams Sr., U.S. Attorney for northern Oklahoma. Greenwald previously pleaded guilty to money laundering charges, according to a news release by Jeff Dorschner, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman. Other defendants in the case include Scott Gollan, 26, and Michael Greenwald, 25, both of Bastrop, Texas, and James Pennoyer, 49, of Tulsa. The three have also pleaded guilty to charges arising from the thefts from Verizon and are awaiting sentencing. Between July 2009 to May 2014, Pennoyer was a contract employee at the Verizon Communications warehouse in Tulsa, and helped his co-conspirators systematically steal telecommunications equipment from the warehouse. The defendants transported the stolen equipment to Colorado Springs, and stored it in a facility to be sold at a later date, a news release says. Much of the equipment was sold to a company in North Carolina, which made substantial payments to Greenwald and his co-conspirators. The defendants used the funds to engage in illegal money transactions of more than $10,000 each. FBI and IRS agents investigated the case.

Giant Eagle Pharmacist stole more than 7,000 prescription pills in Bethesda, MD
A person hired to dispense prescription medication and ensure patient safety is accused of breaking the law and breaching the medical code of ethics. Montgomery County Police have charged Parvin Ossareh, 51, with the disappearance of more than 7,300 tablets of Hydrocodone, a powerful and highly addictive painkiller used in drugs like Vicodin and Lortab. Every pill was taken from the Giant Food store where Ossareh worked as a staff pharmacist. The supermarket is located along the 10400 block of Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, adjacent to Walter Johnson High School. According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, Ossareh allegedly stole a single Hydrocodone tablet on July 1, 2013. Ten days later, Ossareh swiped 250 tablets. By September, the pharmacist had taken 2,200 tablets. The alleged pill pilfering continued until June 2014, when management noticed fraudulent transactions and questioned Ossareh about it. The following day, Ossareh called into work sick and never returned to the store. Investigators say Ossareh evaded detection for months by entering fake codes into the pharmacy computer, in effect clearing the powerful painkillers from Giant's inventory of controlled substances. A Giant employee, who spoke to ABC7 News on a condition of anonymity, said the pharmacy has to improve its security mechanisms.

Defendants In ATM Skimming Ring With Over 5,000 Victims Sentenced To Federal Prison  Michael J. Ellis has been sentenced for stealing the bank debit card numbers and passwords of individuals in Georgia and Florida through an ATM skimming device. "This sentencing marks the end of an ATM skimming ring that victimized over 5,000 people in Georgia and Florida," said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates "The Secret Service, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, will continue to arrest those that commit crimes that prey on unsuspecting victims," said Reginald G. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Secret Service, Atlanta Field Office. "Today's sentence should serve as a reminder that criminals will not get away with defrauding victims and ignoring the consequences of their actions." According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Ellis, working with co-defendants Zira M. Bailey and Bryan S. Kees, used illegal skimming devices to steal over $130,000 from bank customers by installing the devices at SunTrust automated teller machines (ATM's) in Georgia and Florida. When a customer used the ATM with a skimming device installed, the device electronically recorded the customer's debit card number and a small camera in the device video recorded the ATM keyboard as the customer entered his or her password. The defendants then downloaded the information from the device to a computer. Using a magnetic stripe card reader/writer, they re-encoded gift cards with the stolen account information. They then used the altered gift cards at ATMs to drain money from the victims' bank accounts. Over 500 victims were linked to Bailey, Ellis, and Kees from the SunTrust ATMs. On December 28, 2012, Bulgarian Customs officials notified the United States Secret Service in Atlanta that a DHL parcel containing illegal skimming devices was being shipped to the United States. The Secret Service obtained a federal search warrant for the package and found three skimming devices. The package was addressed to a UPS Store in Atlanta, Ga. Ellis, Bailey, and another co-conspirator, WB Wohrman, were listed as authorized recipients of mail to the UPS box. In a later search of a garage controlled by Ellis, law enforcement found 250 financial transaction cards, magnetic reader/writers, false ATM overlays, laptops with ATM videos and debit card information, and a wig.

ORC couple busted for Natick Mall, CT thefts
Two Connecticut residents accused of stealing from several stores at the Natick Mall on Tuesday are believed to be part of an organized theft ring, authorities said. Natick Police arrested Onyx Barnett, 24, and David Honegan, 35, both of Hartford, at 3:17 p.m. on Wednesday. Mall security told police they caught Barnett at an L.L. Bean kiosk in the middle of the mall stuffing $50 pairs of sandals into a large Neiman Marcus bag. When police confronted her, Barnett had six pairs of sandals in her bag. She also had clothing from Macy's. A Macy's security officer identified a jacket, valued at just under $600 and a pair of jeans, valued at about $50, as being stolen from Macy's. Police then questioned Honegan, who was with Barnett. The officer wrote that he asked, "So you distracted the clerk while she stole," and he said, 'I was talking to her, yes.'" Honegan was also carrying a bag with two stolen items: a coat worth more than $125 from Limited and a $70 pair of pants from Express. "This was clearly part of an (organized retail theft) group, and were simply sent into the mall to steal selected items," the report said.

New Jersey State Police Recovers 204 Fake Credit Cards
New Jersey State Trooper Alina Spies reported on November 11, around 7:15pm, a notice was issued by dispatchers of a car fleeing after attempting to pay for $17 in gasoline with a fake credit card on the NJ Turnpike in Woodbridge. When the attendant at the gas station approached the said car's driver, the driver allegedly snatched the credit card and drove away with speed on the highway. Trooper Adam Brozek belonging to the Troop "D" Cranbury Station found and stopped that specific vehicle near Cranbury's Molly Pitcher Service Area. Gianni Simon, the driver, was about 20 years old, and he was arrested on charges of gasoline theft. The State Police also said that Simon was found to possess the same credit card. When further investigated, it was found that an active warrant was pending against him. According to NJ State Tropper Alina Spies, the investigation convinced the troopers to obtain the relevant search warrant for that particular Infiniti car. When the vehicle was being searched on November 14, the state police discovered an extra 204 suspected to be fake credit cards. Gianni Simon was slapped with the charge of possessing a fake credit card. He was also charged with the usage of a fake credit card along with theft of services.

Lego targeted by Tulsa, OK shoplifters
Tulsa Police Organized Retail Theft Unit is working with several area Retailers looking for 2 female suspect who are believed to have hit for thousands in Lego Toys. Police are not sure if the 2 females are working together.

ORC 11-20-14
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