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Man gets 6 1/2 years in prison in sale of $1 million in stolen items on Web Ahmet Keskes, 40, sold more than 79,000 items over the Web for $4.6 million between spring 2006 and September 2009, prosecutors said. The merchandise, including toys, toothbrushes, skin care products and artwork, came from retailers including Bath and Body Works, Hobby Lobby, Toys R Us and Victoria’s Secret. Although sold for almost $5 million, the items were valued at around $1 million, prosecutors said. Keskes knew he was buying stolen goods and in some cases gave organized retail theft crews directions on what to steal, according to trial evidence. He used a Streamwood warehouse to hold the merchandise and sold through his own Web site,, and other online retailers, prosecutors said. (Source

Major identity theft ring busted in Central Florida
. A hundreds of stolen driver licenses, 1000 stolen credit cards, 8 inch stack of gift cards and a house full of designer products have been recovered in Apopka, Florida. The two suspects arrested have over 50 previous arrests. (source

Suspects in a $2 million identity-theft ring that involves more than 100 people began appearing in federal courtrooms The suspects allegedly passed counterfeit checks at retail businesses in several states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa and Illinois. Later, they'd return the merchandise for cash and divvy up the money, according to court documents. The scheme, which dates to 2006, involved low-tech methods of stealing driver's licenses and checkbooks, and high-tech means of producing counterfeit checks. Dozens of victims' accounts were pilfered in the scheme, which reached across at least 14 states, sources close to the investigation said. Charges also are expected against bank employees, as well as against employees of businesses affected by the scam. Investigators working on a number of the individual identity-theft cases came to recognize that a larger scheme was in play, as the pattern of counterfeit checks being passed at Walmarts and other retailers continued. (Source

Two accused of $30,000 check scheme against Target stores. Two Arizona men passed 27 fraudulent checks to purchase Visa gift cards. The two were apprehended by the Asset Protection staff, after recognizing them from an internal fraud bulletin. (source

Three Men in Boise, Idaho are in jail on felony charges following shoplifting scheme. Employees witnessed one of the men conduct a price tag switch and return, obtaining a gift card. Upon police investigation, evidence was found to link all three men to similar schemes at at least three separate stores in Boise. Over the last few days, the suspects have obtained at least $700 in gift cards. (Source KIVI-TV)

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