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Tulsa forms Organized Retail Crime unit that has identified over 40 to 60 groups that's causes Tulsa over $1M in tax revenue loss. It's a huge problem right now, it is a huge problem," said detective Lori Visser, of the Tulsa Police department's newly formed Organized Retail Crime Unit. The new task force will give the department more focus to pursue shoplifting rings. Meeting monthly to review cases and increase relationships this group is bound to make a difference. (Source
Excerpts from GAO-11-675:  Efforts to Combat Organized Retail Crime

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

Stakeholders Identified Additional Federal Actions Intended to Deter e-Fencing and Mitigate Potential Health and Safety Concerns but Potential Impacts Are Unknown

Seller Contract Information; Continued from yesterday

In accordance with e-commerce legislation in the European Union (EU), designated business sellers operating on a range of e-commerce sites, including eBay-operated sites in that region, are obligated to list full contact information, which is to include name, physical address, and an e-mail address. However, according to eBay officials, business seller laws do not contain a consistent legal definition of what constitutes a business and the legal obligation for properly identifying themselves as either a business or a consumer lies exclusively with the seller. eBay provides its sellers a means for this designation on its marketplace sites and informs them of their statutory duties, but generally does not make this determination and has no reporting requirements to EU or national agencies regarding sellers’ compliance. However, eBay officials indicated that above a very high threshold of sales, eBay may require sellers to register as a business (subject to a right of appeal) on some of its European sites. eBay officials further noted that applicable business seller laws instituted in some EU countries were developed as one component of a broad consumer protection framework present in the EU and were not connected to the issue of e-fencing. According to eBay officials, as it is unlikely that sellers engaging in e-fencing would self-identify as a business, the requirement would not likely be effective as a means to compel criminals to provide their contact information. eBay officials in the EU also reiterated that buyers in that region often contact sellers directly in an attempt to circumvent eBay seller fees—a practice they noted that puts buyers at increased risk of loss and other fraudulent activity. Further, eBay officials noted at least one verified case in which a seller was attacked in their home when selling high-value luxury goods as a business seller on eBay in the EU. Given the concerns identified, it is unclear if instituting such a requirement in the United States would serve as an effective mechanism to deter ORC groups from using the internet to fence stolen goods and not result in unintended negative consequences. Further, given that law enforcement agencies can already request seller contact information from online marketplaces through other means, including through eBay’s Law Enforcement Portal or through legal process, such as a subpoena, these agencies’ ability to investigate potential e-fencing activities would not be affected by such a requirement. (Source


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