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Memphis, TN: 3 FedEx employees indicted in $1.7 million shipping theft scheme
According to U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III, all five men were part of a conspiracy to steal wireless mobile devices from AT&T and Verizon throughout 2013 and 2014. The five men accused are Christopher T. Crawford of Memphis, Akeem Gowdy of Memphis, Tavaris Mickens of Memphis, Juan Royal of New York City, and Jordan West of New York City. Crawford, Gowdy, and Mickens all worked at FedEx during the length of the scheme. They used fake FedEx corporate shipping accounts to print labels, which they then used to cover the existing labels on boxes of wireless devices. The boxes were then diverted to co-conspirators in New York city and other cities. Each box contained thousands of dollars of AT&T or Verizon merchandise. According to the indictment, each of the men knew the merchandise was stolen. The interstate shipping theft scheme cost FedEx millions of dollars. All five defendants are charged with conspiracy and interstate shipping theft.

Fencing Operation: Operation Gray King Arrest of Business Owner Financial Crime Enterprise
Chicago Police arrested and charged a West Side business owner last Thursday night after an ongoing investigation revealed the man purchased stolen merchandise and unlawfully accepted cash in exchange for LINK card benefits on numerous occasions. After receiving multiple complaints of a major fencing operation in the Harrison (11th) District, members of the Chicago Police Bureau of Organized Crime initiated "Operation Gray King" and developed intelligence about illegal activities taking place at a store on the 4000 block of W. Madison. Officers learned Al-Najjar, the store owner, was a large scale buyer of stolen goods and also involved in "trafficking," a fraudulent practice in which electronic benefits provided by the LINK card were purchased by Al-Najjar. As a result of the investigation, more than $40,000 in cash was recovered, along with approximately $30,000 worth of high value merchandise.

Albany, NY: Woman Pleads Guilty To $435K Counterfeit
Credit Card Scheme In Northeast 
Federal Prosecutors say a 37-year-old citizen of Guyana has admitted to being part of a counterfeit credit card operation that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars in gift cards bought at stores in five northeastern states. The U.S. Attorney's Office says Monday that Georgette Jackman pleaded guilty last Friday in federal court in Albany to charges that include conspiracy to commit access device fraud, aggravated identity theft and trafficking in counterfeit access devices. Prosecutors say Jackman and two men traveled to 47 Price Chopper supermarkets and other stores in NY, VT, MA, NH, and CT between Feb 2012 and Jan 2013 and used hundreds of counterfeit credit cards to purchase $435,000 worth of gift cards. Jackman faces up to 17 years in prison when she sentenced Feb. 18. She also faces deportation after completing her sentence.

Bergen Co, NJ: Two men face charges in banking, credit-card fraud case; high end shopping spree and a dental visit
Two men have been arrested on charges of conspiring in a wide-ranging fraud scheme that targeted an investment company, stole identities from individuals and used bogus credit cards in a high-end shopping spree across Bergen County. In this case, the prosecutor added, Montecillo and Maliwanag conspired to steal more than $20,000 from Acorns, an online and cellphone app-based investment company, through the use of stolen identities, forged bank documents and illicit computer-based transfers. A separate incident was reported to detectives in Glen Rock, involving a local resident whose credit card information had been stolen. Someone had used the stolen information to obtain new credit cards that were used to purchase expensive watches, computers, designer clothing and other items at Bergen County-area stores and shopping malls. The victim's credit card also was used to pay for a visit to a local dentist. The arrests came separately on Friday, in New Milford and Bergenfield.

Braintree, MA: Two men charged with stealing nearly $5,000 in merchandise from Macy's and 6 other mall stores
Two men were charged with taking nearly $5,000 in merchandise from South Shore Plaza stores, police said. Manuel D. Eusebio, of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Gerinerdo Beltre were charged with larceny and receiving stolen property. Braintree Police said that the Loss Prevention staff at Macy's had alerted police to the suspicious actions of two men who were making several trips between the store and their vehicle. "A visual check of the interior of the vehicle revealed what appeared to be a quantity of stolen merchandise in the back seat," police said. Police watched on store surveillance cameras as the two men selected and concealed merchandise, both men were detained and the merchandise seized. Police said a total of almost $2,200 in merchandise allegedly stolen from Macy's was recovered from the vehicle. Over $2,700 in merchandise allegedly taken from six other stores was also found in the vehicle.

Sevierville, TN: 5 women Flash Mobbing multiple convenience store stealing hundreds of dollars in Merchandise
The Sevierville Police Department is asking for help as they investigate several theft cases involving five unknown women. Detectives say the group has hit at least half a dozen convenience stores and stolen several hundred dollars in merchandise. In one case, managers with Green's Market said they took nearly $300 worth of candy bars. Detectives said the group comes in like a flash mob.

Boothbay Harbor, ME: Fugitive of 3 years sentenced to $60,000 merchandise theft from Enchantments

Poplar Bluff, AR: Man charged with $1,000 theft from Walmart

Dothan, AL: Police arrest a teen in $600 felony electronics theft from Target

Tippecanoe, CO, IN: A local Identity Theft investigation could be tied to a National Gang

UK, Wales: Two Morrison's store employees accused of doing 5,000 voids to pocket over $23,000

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