ORC couple busted for $1 million in credit card fraud scheme
at Sam's Club's in Florida.
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.
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
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.
A variety of different stakeholders are involved in
combating ORC and e-fencing, including retailers, state and
local law enforcement, federal entities, and online
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.
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
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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