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

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ORC report June 2011

Law Enforcement Agencies Collaborate with Retailers to Investigate ORC, and Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Improve ORC Case Tracking

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Efforts: Continued;

Since 2009, ICE has been involved in several initiatives intended to further evaluate its role and enhance efforts related to combating ORC. The ORC Pilot Program, the first of these initiatives, was launched in July 2009, in four cities with known ORC activity: Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. The program focused on four program areas: (1) development of a database with retail industry contacts; (2) development of a threat assessment to help determine the extent of ORC crimes in which ICE has jurisdiction; (3) enhancing efforts to explore how ORC groups are exploiting vulnerabilities in the banking system to launder profits; and (4) development of a tracking system to assess ICE involvement in ORC cases. In March 2010, ICE extended the program for one year and expanded it to include coordination with the ICE National Cyber Crimes Center, which targets various schemes perpetrated on the Internet, including fraud, money laundering, and selling of credit card or other financial information.

According to program officials, at the completion of the ORC Pilot Program in March 2011, ICE made progress in all key areas identified. For example, ICE affirmed that many ORC cases have an international nexus and can be investigated by ICE special agents, and ICE continues to identify a collection of red-flag indicators of suspicious banking activity related to ORC. In regard to developing a tracking system, ICE created a program code for ORC within its case management system, which is intended to allow headquarters to track case statistics, facilitate identification of potential trends between ORC cases, and help inform resource decisions. During the pilot program, 83 criminal cases were associated with ORC, resulting in 38 criminal arrests, 29 indictments, and 14 convictions. While 14 of these cases were investigated at the pilot program locations, the remaining cases were investigated at 23 additional domestic and international offices in which ICE special agents are located.26 According to ICE officials, these cases have led to the seizure of nearly $4.9 million in cash, property, and money instruments.

In February 2011, ICE announced the expansion of the ORC Pilot ProgramIn February 2011, ICE announced the expansion of the ORC Pilot Program into an ongoing national initiative known as SEARCH (Seizing Earnings and Assets from Retail Heists). As part of this announcement, all field units were advised to begin using the ORC program code for all criminal investigations opened under the SEARCH Initiative. Similar to the FBI, ICE supervisors also conduct a quarterly case review, which is intended, in part, to ensure that all applicable program codes are entered. According to ICE officials, the SEARCH initiative will build upon the partnerships with private industry developed as part of the ORC Pilot Program and operates on the assumption that federal anti-money laundering statutes may be among the best mechanisms to target individuals involved in ORC activity. According to ICE, by following the money trail, investigators can often build a case to high levels of a criminal organization. For example, ICE agents were involved in one case in which illicit proceeds from the sale of stolen video games on eBay was tied to an investigation of criminal organizations involved in running the Vietnam underground economy, which included trade in stolen U.S. identities and financial information. In April 2011, ICE indicated that 48 additional cases involving components of ORC had been initiated since the launch of the SEARCH Initiative.


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