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Woman gets 3 years for role in $200M credit card fraud scam
A Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for her role in a $200 million credit card fraud scheme the U.S. Department of Justice calls the largest it has prosecuted. Vernina Adams had pleaded guilty. She was sentenced Friday in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey.

The Department of Justice says the New Jersey-based crime ring created more than 7,000 fake identities to get tens of thousands of credit cards. Nineteen people were charged, including the 34-year-old Adams in 2013.
3 NY men arrested for Springfield, MA., Walmart theft of over $10,000
Part of Larger Theft Ring in Area

"(They) were conducting a credit card scam making large purchases with fake credit cards," explained Sgt. Delaney adding, "The subjects purchased several cell phones, X- Box and PlayStation games and systems and I-Tune cards which were recovered totaling over $10,000, along with several fake credit cards."

The subjects are also believed to be implicated in similar and larger credit card theft ring in the area," added Sgt. Delaney.

Leonard Mcmillan, 22, Charles Solomon, 22, and Alvin Adams, 21, are all facing multiple charges.

Santa Rosa, CA: Police say Baby Formula Shoplifting tandem hit 2 stores for $10,000 in merchandise in 10 minutes
One of two women accused of swiping $10,000 in products from at least seven different Sonoma County stores was arrested Sunday. The arrest of 23-year-old Markia Silva, of Oakland, came after she and her accomplice were spotted shoplifting at a CVS store and a Safeway store within the span of 10 minutes. The pair had stolen medicine, cosmetics, personal hygiene items and baby formula - products authorities say are commonly re-sold online - from various stores in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Healdsburg and Rohnert Park. Employees inside a CVS store told police that two women took baby formula and teeth whitening strips without paying for them. Nine minutes later, workers at a Safeway reported another theft and gave authorities the same suspect descriptions.

Organized retail theft was reported at Stage Stores (Bealls), Jacksonville, FL
The valued of items taken was between $2,500 and $30,000, according to the report. The investigation is ongoing.

Johnson City, TN: Two women, 80 and 63 arrested for theft
of over $700 in merchandise

Two women from Spruce Pine are charged with shoplifting after police say they tried to return damaged clothing to a store, but the store would not do the return. According to a release from the Johnson City Police Department, once the store refused their returns, they got a shopping cart and put various clothes in it. A loss prevention officer told police that the two took the items into a fitting room where they removed the security tags, then left the store. The clothing was valued at $724.

VICTORIA, TX., Ruby Rose Barajas, 5 yrs probation, $1k fine, plead guilty, organized retail theft between $1,500 & $20,000

Thomas Armstrong, 26, Lafayette, LA., booked on misdemeanor organized retail theft

St Mary's County, MD: Three suspects charged in $1,377.68 Lowe's refund scheme

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