Law Enforcement, Retail Loss Prevention
Honored at NRF PROTECT
PHILADELPHIA, June 14, 2016 - Law enforcement officers who broke
a multi-state identity theft ring, a retail loss prevention executive who helped
stop a nationwide shoplifting operation, and an LP expert who has led efforts to
get Congress to crack down on organized retail crime were honored today as the
National Retail Federation opened its three-day
NRF PROTECT conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
"The men and women being honored
today are among our nation's leaders in protecting retailers and consumers
against crime," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "They have made
significant contributions to the never-ending task of keeping stores safe,
protecting both lives and merchandise and putting criminals where they belong -
The awards presented today include:
Enforcement Retail Partnership Award
This award acknowledges law enforcement officers or agencies that
have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the retail industry in
combating fraud, protecting assets and reducing losses.
This year's award was presented to
U.S. Postal Inspector Jamie Portell and Barrington (Illinois) Police Department
Detective Lori Allsteadt for their work in tracking and apprehending a
multi-state identity theft ring responsible for more than $1.5 million in losses
from 2013-2015. The crime ring repeatedly visited mobile phone stores to
fraudulently add lines of service to recently created accounts. One of the crime
ring leaders was arrested, indicted and has cooperated with law enforcements on
identifying a larger fraud ring.
Prevention Case of the Year Award
This award is the premier recognition program for retail LP
professionals, recognizing investigators whose work has made a significant
impact on their companies, communities and the industry.
year's award was presented to Barnes and Noble Senior Corporate Investigator
Glenn Justus for his work in uncovering a family of shoplifters who traveled the
country while stealing more than $7 million in merchandise from numerous retail
businesses. Justus played an integral role in the investigation by securing
crucial evidence implicating the family in an elaborate theft conspiracy that
spanned a decade. With that assistance, the Chicago U.S. Attorney's office and
the U.S. Secret Service were able to charge members of the family with multiple
federal charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods, conspiracy and
wire fraud resulting in guilty pleas in November 2015. The investigation
involved numerous retail loss prevention teams, vendor community resources and
law enforcement officials.
award recognizes pioneers in the retail LP community whose honor, integrity and
character serve as an example for the loss prevention industry.
award was presented to Joseph LaRocca, founder of the Los Angeles-based
RetaiLPartners loss prevention consulting firm, in recognition of more than 20
years of experience in retail loss prevention, work on emerging technologies and
efforts to fight organized retail crime and emerging technologies. LaRocca is a
former vice president for loss prevention at NRF who has continued to serve as a
nationally recognized LP spokesman and intermediary between retailers and law
enforcement entities across the country. LaRocca has testified before Congress
and a number of state legislatures on identity theft and organized retail crime,
and has worked with groups including the American Legislative Exchange Council
and the National Council of State Legislatures.
LaRocca is former director of loss
prevention for the Walt Disney Company's retail division. He has been recognized
three times by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for outstanding assistance in
connection with investigation and for exceptional service in public safety. He
is a volunteer reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, a
founding member of the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crimes Association and
an Advisor to the Southern California chapter of the International Association
of Financial Crimes Investigators.