Rochester, NY: 4 men sentenced for $435K Discover credit card Theft Ring
Four Rochester men have been sentenced for running an identity theft ring that
rang up more than $400,000 in fraudulent credit card purchases. The U.S.
attorney's office says Shawn Smith, Odell Edwards, Sebastian Ferrell and
Courtney Campbell-Cooper have received federal prison sentences ranging from
more than two years to nearly 6½ years. Prosecutors say the Secret Service
started an investigation two years ago this month into reports of access device
fraud and identity theft in the Rochester area. U.S. Postal Service inspectors
and local police were also involved in the probe into fraudulently obtained
credit cards issued by Discover. Officials say the four men used authorized
credit card user's information to obtain additional cards that were used to make
store purchases and cash withdrawals totaling more than $435,000.
Mrs. America, Jennifer Susan Kline Accused of Swindling Macy's
A former Mrs. America beauty queen is possibly facing up to 10 years in prison
after allegedly making more than $5,000 worth of fraudulent returns to a Macy's
department store. Authorities say Jennifer Susan Kline spent thousands of
dollars on designer clothes at a Macy's store in Edina, Minnesota, in November.
About a week later, the 1988 Mrs. America went to two different Macy's locations
to return the clothes and collected a $5,500 refund, according to police. But a
Macy's employee says the 50-year-old mother of two did not return the correct
items, according to a police complaint. Macy's also alleged in the complaint
that the clothes that were returned were dirty and showed signs of wear. Police
also searched Kline's Wayzata, Minnesota, home and said they found 24 items that
Kline had supposedly returned. "The tags were taken off and were placed onto
clothes that looked similar, but were not the same name brand," Sgt. Kevin
Rofidal of the Edina Police Department told ABC News. "There was more than just
grabbing merchandise and walking out the door."
Abington, PA: TJ Maxx employee sentenced to 2 years for theft of $4,235
A Philadelphia man will go to jail for ripping off an Abington store where he
worked. Ricardo Donte Griffin, 39, received an 11½- to 23-month sentence in
Montgomery County prison Friday on a felony retail theft charge for scamming
$4,235 worth of merchandise from T.J. Maxx on Old York Road. Griffin also will
have to serve a two-year probation sentence once he completes his parole time
and pays full restitution. Friends of Griffin would come through his line with a
large amount of merchandise. Griffin would then ring up the merchandise, cancel
it and then ring up just one item, the complaint said. The person would pay for
the one item and then exit the store with everything.
video captures suspects stealing $3,000 of designer eyewear
Police are looking for two women who were caught on camera stealing thousands of
dollars worth of designer frames from an eyeglass store at the St. Johns Town
Center Tuesday. The owners of Vision Express said it happened during business
hours, while multiple people were in the store. When one owner noticed several
frames were missing on the wall, he checked the security camera footage and saw
everything on tape. Within minutes, Aubrey Hatcher, Optical Rep & Lab Manager
said almost $3,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store and the lesson
is to always keep a close watch.
Traverse City, MI: Desperate Couple turns to ORC to fund upcoming baby bills
An Interlochen couple turned to shoplifting from Wal-Mart to raise funds for an
upcoming birth. John Michael Lawrence, 26, and Megan Elizabeth Moore, 20, turned
themselves in to authorities this week on warrants for organized retail crime
and first-degree retail fraud. Grand Traverse County sheriff's Lt. Brian Giddis
said the charges stem from accusations the couple stole baby formula, diapers
and other items from Wal-Mart in September and October. He said the pair then
sold many items online for cash. "To get money because she's expecting a baby,"
Giddis said. Eighty-sixth District Court documents tallied the total value
stolen at $2,435.25.
Simpsonville, SC: Shoplifting turns into Armed Robbery at Upstate Walmart store
Simpsonville police responded Wednesday to a Walmart store after they say a
shoplifter attacked an employee with a knife. Police said that a Walmart
employee tried to stop a suspected shoplifter from pushing a cart with weed
eater, chain saw and other items out of the store around 2:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Police say the shoplifter attacked the store employee with a knife. The employee
has been taken to a hospital for treatment of the knife wound to the arm.