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ORC couple busted for $1 million in credit card fraud scheme at Sam's Club's in Florida. Hitting Central Florida Sam's Club's Brenda Shoukry and Reginald Holley were obtaining duplicate credit cards on existing and legitimate card holder accounts. With counterfeit ID bearing their photos, along with the pertinent identifying information of their would-be victims the couple obtained duplicate credit cards at the membership desks at various Sam's Club's and went on shopping sprees. From Jan. 2011 to May 2011; Holley obtained 35 duplicate cards. The combined loss is $982,881. Shoukry has an extensive criminal background with two dozen arrests ranging from cocaine possession to larceny to fraud. Orange County court records show Shoukry has been accused of trying to defraud Best Buy, and was also arrested on charges that she stole merchandise from CVS/pharmacy. (Source

ORC group of three women busted in Madison, Wi., with one of them saying she's addicted to shoplifting and the addiction was "worse than crack." Officers and security guards recovered hundreds of dollars in stolen merchandise, taken from four west side stores, including Old Navy, Burlington Coat Factory, Victoria's Secret and Charming Charlie. (Source

Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

The Government Accountability Office report on Organized Retail Crime, Dated June 2011

As part of our on going effort to publish the highlights of this report today we're bringing you the section regarding "stakeholder roles" - those that are involved in the ORC efforts nationally.

Stakeholder roles: A variety of different stakeholders are involved in combating ORC and e-fencing, including retailers, state and local law enforcement, federal entities, and online marketplaces:

State and local law enforcement: Local law enforcement is routinely involved in investigating property crimes, including retail theft, but because ORC cases often span across multiple local jurisdictions, investigations may also include county-level or state law enforcement agencies, as applicable. These agencies are generally responsible for enforcing state laws and are routinely involved in developing evidence against potential ORC suspects, which may include surveillance or undercover sales and purchases.

Federal entities: Although there is currently not a federal statute that explicitly criminalizes ORC, such behavior may be prosecuted under a variety of other federal criminal statutes, including, for example, interstate transportation of stolen property, and laundering of monetary instruments, among others. Principal federal agencies involved in ORC investigations include the FBI and ICE, but may also include the USSS, Postal Service, or Internal Revenue Service if ORC cases involve mail fraud or credit card fraud, among other crimes in which these agencies may have jurisdiction to investigate.

Online marketplaces: With the introduction of the Internet, online marketplaces have emerged as a powerful platform for commerce for both individuals and businesses alike. However, along with legitimate transactions, such marketplaces also present ORC groups with an additional venue to potentially fence their stolen goods. eBay, founded in 1995, is currently the largest of the domestic Internet marketplaces. The site receives approximately 8 million new product listings daily and includes a combination of product auctions and fixed price sales. Other domestic online marketplaces commonly cited by stakeholders include Amazon, Overstock, and Craigslist. Each of these marketplaces has a distinct business model and they vary considerably regarding the scope of product listings and their level of involvement in the transaction, which may impact efforts to e-fencing.

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