Secret Service task force raids central Ohio businesses - $2M in skimming, tax
fraud, identity theft A Secret Service task force raided a number of
central Ohio businesses this week as part of an investigation into skimming,
money laundering, tax fraud and identity theft. Agents arrested five people
accused of operating an organized crime. The group stole about $2 million
through skimming, tax fraud and identity theft, agents said. Schuck confirmed
that investigators removed ATM and lottery machines from some of the businesses
during the raids. The task force, which includes local law enforcement and state
and federal agencies, investigates financial and electronic crimes. "The
dismantling of this criminal operation demonstrates the exceptional capabilities
of our task force partnerships," said Mark Porter, Secret Service special agent
New York Jewelry Store Owner Pleaded Guilty for Purchasing and Reselling Jewelry
Stolen in Armed Robberies A New York jeweler pleaded guilty in federal
court in Atlanta Tuesday to two counts of interstate transportation of stolen
property in connection with jewelry he purchased from an armed robbery ring and
then sold in New York. Carlos Parra, 64, a resident of New Jersey, pleaded
guilty before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones of the Northern District of
Georgia. Parra admitted in court that he was contacted by a member of an armed
robbery crew that stole over $100,000 in jewelry from a courier on Jan. 31,
2013. Parra flew from New York, where his jewelry business was based, to Atlanta
to purchase the jewelry from the robbery crew for approximately $16,000. Parra
admitted that he had dealt with these robbers or their associates in the past
and knew the jewelry was stolen. Parra further admitted to purchasing jewelry
from a robbery crew in Houston in August 2012. In that instance, the robbery
crew stole over $500,000 from a jewelry courier during an armed robbery on Aug.
27, 2012. Parra admitted that he flew to Texas to purchase the stolen jewelry at
a discounted rate because it was stolen. He later sold the jewelry in New York
to wholesalers for a profit.
NY man charged with fraud in Mansfield - suspected of being part of larger fraud
ring A New York man was arraigned Wednesday in a Mansfield fraud case,
but authorities allege he is connected to a larger fraud ring responsible for
illegally obtaining $20,000 in cell phones and electronics. Kodio A. Kondon, 28,
of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was ordered held in jail on $10,000 cash bail after
pleading innocent to related charges in Attleboro District Court. Kondon was
arrested around 3 p.m. Tuesday after workers at the Sprint store called police
about a man suspected in fraud cases at other Sprint stores. Stewart was
arrested around 7:30 p.m. after running out of Best Buy at the same mall, where
police say he allegedly attempted to purchase a $1,700 Mac Book Pro lap top
using a phony credit card and a fraudulent Ohio driver's license, according to
police. Mansfield detectives obtained two search warrants this afternoon for
Stewart's belongings and a car he rented which was found parked outside the Best
Buy store. Inside the car, police recovered around $8,000 in alleged stolen
merchandise, Assistant District Attorney Noah Ertel said during a bail hearing.
When police checked his rented car, they found five cell phones worth $3,500
still in their packages from Verizon and T-Mobile stores without any sales
receipts, according to police.
Pleasant Prairie, WI man charged in two dozen retail thefts across three states
A man suspected in two dozen retail thefts in three states was arrested Friday
in Pleasant Prairie. William C. Maysack, 30, of Pleasant Prairie, is charged
with two counts of retail theft and one of possession of drug paraphernalia for
a series of incidents in the village last month. Two other men are named in the
complaints, but have not yet been charged. Maysack and his partner had been
shoplifting in the Lake County, Illinois area, using an electronic security wand
to remove sensors from electronic items and taking Motorola smart watches and
Beats Pill speaker systems. Pleasant Prairie staff checked their electronics
area and found one of each of those items missing, according to a criminal
complaint. Security footage allowed them to identify two men who came in and
took the items, removed the security sensors and the left the store. Maysack's
probation agent told Pleasant Prairie police that the two men were suspected in
a string of retail thefts in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Man pleads guilty for role in tri-state area multi-million dollar theft ring
One of more than a dozen people involved with a retail theft ring pleads guilty.
Robert Savage pleaded guilty to one charge of corrupt business influence,
Savage was one of the defendants involved in the
In early August 2014, the FBI raided the Dealmaker's locations in Henderson and
Newburgh along with an iPhone repair store on Washington Avenue.
Detectives believe the theft ring's kingpins, Kyle Hudson and Michael Rupert,
would have people steal goods from local stores and sell those goods on eBay.
They're both expected to make their next court appearance later this month.
Burglars take more than $100,000 in designer glasses from Lakeland Sunglass Hut
Two men arrested on organized retail theft charges in Overton, TX
Man steals $500 of vodka from Mount Prospect, IL
Jewel-Osco Food Store