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ORC 2-18-13



Two females indicted on conspiracy and $11,000 in credit card fraud in NY.   The two females drove to Red Bank to shop at the Coco Pari store, attempting to use a fraudulently issued HSBC credit card in one of the suspect’s names. Shanierah Aaron and Urika Tucker, both face attempted fraudulent use of a credit card, conspiracy and credit card theft charges. Tucker had driven the car and waited for Aaron as she went inside the store to attempt to make the purchases. (Source

Four apprehended for ORC thefts from Oregon Safeway’s: thefts totaling $13,000. Dennis Hanks, Mary Gibson, Adam Veelle and Betty Walters have been charged with Organized Retail Crime involving pre-paid Visa Gift cards. The group is believed to have fraudulently loaded a cash value onto the cards, then was able to withdraw the money from the card prior to Safeway discovering. Police also believe the four suspects would sell the pre-paid visa cards to other people for $100 or in exchange for heroin. (Source

Former Duluth man pleads guilty to being part of the 25 member identity theft ring that hit retailers for $170,389  Davis was part of the major fraud ring that recruited individuals to conduct fraudulent transactions at financial institutions and retail establishments. He provided the recruited individuals with fraudulent identification documents and counterfeit checks that Davis received from another member of the conspiracy. Davis also drove individuals to retail stores where they conducted the fraudulent transactions. In addition to Davis, 25 other co-conspirators have entered guilty pleas and are awaiting sentencing. Four men were convicted for their roles in the ring in September following a jury trial. Three more are scheduled for trial in April. (Source

Walmart Employee Theft Ring Broken Up in Colorado Springs 
Four Wal-Mart employees were arrested Friday evening after they were suspected of stealing items from the store over a period of several months. Colorado Springs police arrested the suspects at the Wal-Mart on 3201 E. Platte Ave. Loss prevention agents alerted police to the employee thefts. Police discovered that the four had been stealing items such as computers, televisions and video games, then selling and pawning the items. Police believe the thefts have been going on for months. Police say they are still in the process of investigating these crimes. (Source

Organized Retail Crime:
Estimated Lost Sales Tax Revenue by State

The Food Marketing Institute has released a report containing Organized Retail Crime: Estimated Lost Sales Tax Revenue by State. Over the next several days the Daily will publish these figures. Stay tuned to see your state estimate!

State Annual Sales - Retail Trade and Food Services (2009) State % of Annual Retail Sales Est. Amount of Stolen Merchandise Attributed to ORC (by State) State Sales Tax Rates Est. Lost Sales Tax Revenue Attributed to ORC (by State)
Kentucky $54,695,615,324 1.27% $379,749,724 6.00% $22,784,983
Louisiana $64,295,659,495 1.49% $446,402,491 4.00% $17,856,100
Maine $21,638,788,744 0.50% $150,237,345 5.00% $7,511,867
Maryland $82,402,100,400 1.91% $572,114,871 6.00% $34,326,892
Massachusetts $96,567,108,420 2.23% $670,462,021 6.25% $41,903,876

*Note: States with no state sales tax were omitted (AK, DE, MT, NH, and OR)

For more information on organized retail crime, visit FMI's issue page.


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