York City, NY: Ringleader of Saks Fifth Avenue $430,000 theft ring pleads guilty
The head of a Saks Fifth Avenue employee ring that used stolen identities to
purchase $430,000 worth of shoes and bags pleaded guilty Wednesday. Tamara
Williams, 38, of Queens, is expected to get four to eight years in prison in
exchange to her plea in Manhattan Supreme Court to grand larceny, identity theft
and scheme to defraud. Williams and her crew made 91 purchases at Saks Fifth
Avenue's flagship store using pilfered information from about 50 customers
between April and August 2014, prosecutors said. This defendant was the leader
of an identity theft ring that stole more than 200 shoes and 80 bags and
accessories from Saks Fifth Avenue in the span of approximately four months,"
Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement. They bought labels including
Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Louis Vuitton and resold them on the black market,
according to prosecutors. Four accomplices previously pleaded guilty and were
sentenced to prison terms.
ME: Two arrested in $100,000 counterfeit check scheme; hitting retailers for
Maine State Police have arrested two people in Biddeford in connection with a
counterfeit check writing scheme that likely has defrauded several retail stores
in New England of upwards of $100,000. Police say the fraudulent personal checks
were being printed from a computer program and then cashed at a number of large
retailers for gift cards and merchandise, which was later returned to the stores
in exchange for cash. On Monday police arrested 36-year-old Kissie Whatley,
46-year-old and Randell Bankston both from Atlanta, Georgia. Troopers also plan
to charge a third person, once they have been located, police report.
Boise, ID: Three years in prison and nearly $100,000 in restitution
for Credit Card fraudster
Yinet Quintana Isalgue, 28, of Homestead, FL, was sentenced today in U S
District Court to 33 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release
for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney announced. Judge
Edward Lodge also ordered Quintana Isalgue to pay $97,496 in restitution.
Quintana Isalgue pleaded guilty to the charges on July 21, 2015. According to
the plea agreement, Quintana Isalgue traveled from Florida to Idaho, to commit
credit card fraud. On January 9, 2015, law enforcement officers in Boise and
Meridian, Idaho, received multiple reports from loss prevention at different
retail stores identifying Quintana Isalgue through witness and surveillance
evidence as attempting credit card fraud. Based upon video surveillance, loyalty
card records, GPS, and credit card records, law enforcement officers discovered
that Quintana Isalgue made similar fraudulent purchases in Oregon and
Washington. She admitted $97,496.11 in actual fraudulent purchases, and an
additional $19,288.24 in attempted purchases, for a total of $116,784.35.
Lake City, UT: Big-Dollar Baby Formula Thefts Dog Stores,
Police Across US
The recent arrests in Utah of three people accused of stealing thousands of
dollars' worth of baby formula is the latest example of a problem that officials
say is vexing stores and police nationwide as thieves systematically swipe the
mixture from shelves and resell it to unsuspecting parents. In late December,
police in Logan, about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, confiscated 422 cans of
stolen formula worth $8,000 to $10,000. It came from stores in Logan and three
other northern Utah cities, and officers are looking for ties to similar recent
thefts in Idaho cities about 150 miles away.
Sylvester, GA: Two arrested stealing nearly $1,000
in X-Box games from Walmart
Sylvester Police arrested two men on Wednesday for shoplifting at the Walmart in
Sylvester. One of the men was a juvenile and the other was 18-year-old Donte
Derwin Roberson. According to police both men were seen by Walmart Asset
Protection officer lingering in the electronic department. Police said the men
took a box of disposable diapers and emptied the diapers out of the box and
began to fill the box with approximately 18 X-Box games totaling $960.95. In
addition to that, Roberson had stolen in his backpack put in his back pack two
hard drives and a cd wallet, valued at $134.75. Police said the juvenile also
had in his possession a Craftsman magnet tool that is used to deactivate the
security feature on X-Box games.
Shelby Co., TN: Shelby County Sheriff's Department just released images of three
women who are suspected of shoplifting at a store in the Wolfchase Galleria
Police say the women stole over $1,000 worth of clothing from the Jazzy Star
store at the mall.
San Marcos, TX: Police seeking ID of Walmart thief who has hit multiple times