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Jose Martinez promoted to Regional Asset Protection Director for Lowe's Companies
Jose has been with Lowe's Companies for 16 years, starting with the company in 2006 as Loss Prevention Specialist/Manager. Before his promotion to Regional Asset Protection Director, he served as District Asset Protection Manager for more than nine years. Prior to Lowe's, he spent two years with Sears. Congratulations, Jose!

Ken D. Gladney, CFI named Asset Protection Specialist for 7-Eleven
Ken is a veteran of the LP, AP, and Security industry. Before being named AP Specialist for 7-11, Ken was the Senior Manager of LP and Safety for Maya Management/El Rio Grande Latin Markets, Senior Manager of Security for Topgolf, and Director of LP and Security for Taco Bueno Restaurants. Ken has also held LP roles with United Supermarkets, RadioShack, Target, Bloomingdales, and Ralphs Grocery Co. Ken earned a BA Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University and is also a U. S. Marine Corps. Combat Veteran. Congratulations, Ken!

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Nationwide Push to Enact New ORC Legislation
Colorado committee advances legislation addressing retail theft, online crime
A Colorado Senate committee unanimously voted to advance a bill on Thursday that seeks to address the state's increased retail theft and online crime rates.

House Bill 22-1099 would require online retailers in the state to verify certain information about their business such as their name, contacts, and bank account information within 10 days of qualifying as a "high-volume third-party seller" - or a retailer that makes more than 200 transactions per year, according to the bill's text.

"Right now, it's far too easy for thieves to resell online goods and take advantage of Colorado consumers making online purchases," bill sponsor Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, D-Arvada, said in a statement.

Property crime in Colorado has risen steadily over the last several years with more than 164,000 cases reported in 2020, according to data from the state Division of Criminal Justice.

The rising crime rate has also taken a toll taxpayers in the state, according to a study by the Common Sense Institute, a free-enterprise think tank, which found that crime cost Colorado more than $27 billion in 2020, or more than $4,700 per taxpayer.

"This common sense legislation is an all around win for Coloradans," Zenzinger said. "It will protect consumers and cut down on retail theft, ensuring our online marketplaces remain safe, legitimate places to buy goods and do business." thecentersquare.com

Another City Grapples with Theft Surge
Tucson businesses seek help against robberies, retail theft
Shoplifting has long been among the most commonly reported crimes in Tucson, but a rise in those incidents escalating into suspects yielding weapons or threatening employees has local businesses looking for help.

Tucson-area business leaders are teaming up with law enforcement and the Tucson Metro Chamber to identify ways to keep employees safe and combat shoplifting as well as internal theft and property damage issues.

The Tucson Metro Chamber launched the Coalition Against Retail Theft in January, gaining interest from 20 businesses that have joined to develop solutions, said Michael Guymon, president and CEO of the chamber.

Some shared how they were fearful about leaving their businesses at night and how shoplifting incidents over the past couple of years have increasingly been escalating into dangerous robberies, said Lt. Steven Simmers, the data governor for TPD.

While there are theories as to why Tucson has seen in increase in robberies, Simmers said there is no exact answer.

"I don't think anybody knows exactly why that is because we've just seen an upward trend across the board and violence in all sorts of areas," Simmers said. "So, this could just be a reflection of increasing violence across the cross sections." tucson.com

Major Crimes Surge 20% in NYC - Murders Up 45% - Burglaries Up 23%
Op-Ed: Tackling crime is the best way to really give NYC its swagger back
New York City has come back from the pandemic by one metric, but it's not a good one: crime.

Major crimes are up 20% over February 2020, per the newest NYPD data. Murders have surged 45% in that month-to-month comparison. Felony assaults are up almost 13%; burglaries, about 23%. Car thefts are up a hideous 130%.

That Adams and his top police brass haven't yet managed to roll out - or even provide a real timeline for - his new anti-gun units, the Neighborhood Safety Teams, adds more angst among the law-abiding. So does new Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell's practice of releasing the data without an actual press conference.

Recent polling shows that 74% of New Yorkers consider crime a very serious problem (the highest since 1999). Indeed, it's also respondents' "most urgent" issue, in many cases by double-digit percentages, across all five boroughs and regardless of party, gender, race or age. Two-thirds worry about becoming crime victims.

Possibly the only thing all New Yorkers agree on. Except, apparently, the city's delegation to the Legislature, which with Gov. Kathy Hochul's acquiescence continues to stonewall any reform of the no-bail and Raise the Age laws. nypost.com

2020 Protests Aftermath Continues - Video Captures It All

DOJ: Tacoma woman sentenced to 5 years in prison for arson & looting stores at downtown Seattle protest
Seattle -A 26-year-old Tacoma, Washington, woman was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 5 years in prison for arson for burning five Seattle P0lice vehicles parked around Sixth and Pine in downtown Seattle on Saturday, May 30, 2020,

Channon is captured on video using fire and aerosol cans to light five Seattle Police Department vehicles on fire. She is also shown entering various stores and stealing clothing. She admitted smashing the window at the Verizon Store and entering a sandwich shop and destroying the electronic cash register. justice.gov

DOJ: South Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Arson for Setting Hancock Park Pizzeria Ablaze During May 2020 Civil Disturbances
Gary Klausner has scheduled a June 27 sentencing hearing, and will face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison and a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison justice.gov

DOJ: Mercer County Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Interfering with Law Enforcement Officers During Civil Disorder

DOJ: Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Police during May 20, 2020 Pittsburgh Protest



COVID Update

555.1M Vaccinations Given

US: 80.9M Cases - 984K Dead - 54.7M Recovered
Worldwide: 446.9M Cases - 6M Dead - 380.2M Recovered

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Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 353   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 693
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'Return to Normal'
COVID cases continue steep decline in U.S.
COVID case rates continued a steep decline over the last two weeks with the seven-day rolling average dropping to roughly 59,000 cases a day.

The big picture: These falling case rates prompted the CDC in the last week to loosen its mask guidance, recommending universal masking for less than a third of the U.S. population. The White House is also taking steps to bring back the federal workforce and otherwise promote a return to some form of pre-COVID normal.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is averaging roughly 18 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks. The lowest case rates were seen in Nebraska with six cases per 100,000 people, followed by Delaware and Maryland, which had nine cases per 100,000, respectively.

What we're watching: As with last week, the latest numbers indicate a cause for optimism as Americans return to more normal activities. But that comes with a caveat that it only takes one bad variant to reverse this progress. axios.com

Replacing Store Masking Requirement with Increased Testing
Apple to increase COVID-19 testing for vaccinated retail employees
Apple Inc. plans to begin testing vaccinated retail staff twice a week for COVID-19, a step toward dropping its mask requirement for employees.

The company announced the plan in a memo to U.S. retail staff Tuesday, changing a policy that had required vaccinated workers to test once a week. Unvaccinated staff had already been required to test twice weekly. At the same time, the company is now allowing employees to verify their results independently rather than providing proof.

"Based on what we've learned from our testing pilot, everyone will now be required to self-test twice per week, regardless of vaccination status," the company said in the memo. "In addition, if you were submitting your test results for verification, you're no longer required to do so."

Apple also said in the memo that it is reconsidering the mask requirement for employees and that an update will be shared soon. "At this point, team members should continue to wear a face mask in store," according to the memo. The company is "currently reviewing our face mask guidance for team members." fortune.com

Reopening New York City
Adams Ends Pandemic Mandates in New York City Amid Concern He Is Rushing

Masks will no longer be required in public schools and proof-of-vaccination is no longer required for many indoor activities.

Mayor Eric Adams opened a new chapter of the pandemic in New York City on Friday, ending requirements that masks be worn in public schools and that proof of vaccination be presented by those dining indoors, using gyms and going to entertainment venues.

The mayor announced the moves in Times Square, a symbol of vibrancy at a significant moment for a city that was once an epicenter of the pandemic and where nearly 40,000 people have died.

Mr. Adams framed the decision to drop the mandates as part of his broader effort to reopen the city, whose economy has been battered by the coronavirus, and to restore a sense of normalcy after a steep drop in Covid-19 cases.

New York, Mr. Adams declared, had beaten back the Omicron variant of the virus, largely by ensuring that millions of people were vaccinated, and New Yorkers and tourists could enjoy the city again.

"We are winning," Mr. Adams said. "Let's celebrate." nytimes.com

LA Goes Mask-Free for Both Vaxxed & Non-Vaxxed
LA County Lifts Indoor Mask Mandate After Being Reclassified As Having 'Low' COVID-19 Activity
Los Angeles County formally lifted its indoor mask-wearing mandate Friday, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, after it was reclassified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday as having "low" COVID-19 activity.

Masking in most indoor public spaces - such as restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, retail stores and nail salons - will no longer be required regardless of vaccination status. Patrons will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination. The mandate was lifted by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at 12:01 a.m.

Individual businesses will have the choice, however, of requiring masks if they so choose. losangeles.cbslocal.com

Why have some people never caught Covid? The answers could help protect us all


Retail Closures Sweep Russia Amid Ukraine Invasion
Life After Ikea: A Running List of Retail Closures in Russia

A roundup of retail businesses that have paused shipments or closed up shop:

Apple - After Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted a letter to Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Feb. 25, pleading with the tech giant to pull out of Russia, Apple closed stores and paused product sales in the country. It hasn't yet shut down its local App Store.

Chanel - The luxury brand suspended online sales and deliveries to Russia and will close its stores there.

Hermes - French luxury brand Hermes International said it will temporarily close its stores in Russia and pause all commercial activities.

H&M - Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB has temporarily paused sales in Russia, where the retailer has 155 stores. According to its 2020 year-end report, Russia is the company's seventh-largest market.

Ikea - Home-furnishing giant Ikea announced that it was pausing all Ikea-brand retail operations in Russia, export and import in and out of Russia and Belarus, and deliveries from sub-suppliers. A statement on the Ikea Russia website said it was suspending sales in stores and online immediately.

LVMH - French luxury group LVMH said it is temporarily closing its 124 stores in Russia, where it has 3,500 employees.

Nike - Footwear giant Nike Inc. is temporarily closing company-owned and operated shops in Russia, but the company told Bloomberg it will continue to pay store employees during the closures. It is also halting e-commerce sales in the country.

Under Armour - Sports apparel company Under Armour Inc. has stopped all shipments into sales channels in Russia. | See the full list here: bloomberg.com

   More Worldwide Efforts to Isolate and Punish Russia

   ● Feb. 27: UPS and FedEx halting shipments to Russia and Ukraine

   ● Feb. 26: Russian bank customers barred from using Apple, Google Pay

   ● March 5: Mastercard and Visa suspend operations in Russia

   ● March 6: American Express suspends operations in Russia and Belarus

   ● March 6: Netflix, TikTok, and DXC end services in Russia

   ● March 7: Uniqlo owner stays put in Russia as Levi, AMEX and others sever ties

Security Firm 'Defrauds' Federal Government
Whistleblower: Security firm falsified Georgia training records for guards
A whistleblower alleges that an international security firm with ties to Georgia defrauded the federal government and endangered American diplomats abroad when it falsified training records of guards it sent to Afghanistan to protect the U.S. Embassy and other facilities, according to federal court records filed in Macon last month.

The case has forced scrutiny on GardaWorld Federal Services and its training program in Middle Georgia where a whistleblower said the fraud was centered. The whistleblower, GardaWorld employee Justin Fahn, is alleging that the company failed to properly train nearly 100 guards that passed through the program in Perry before they were sent on their security assignment to Afghanistan.

GardaWorld's federal contract required classroom and hands-on instruction, including physical fitness and use of force training, but the company falsified training records and misled the federal government that was paying for the protection, Fahn alleges in an amended complaint to his whistleblower lawsuit.

The alleged fraud "seriously jeopardized the safety of Department of State personnel and assets in Afghanistan," Fahn said in the lawsuit originally unsealed in September in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Fahn, a GardaWorld unit support coordinator, discovered the training deficiencies while stationed in Afghanistan, said his Atlanta attorney Jess Johnson. Johnson said Fahn and other GardaWorld personnel were involved in vital security tasks to defend the embassy, including armed patrols and searching for suicide bombers.

"The State Department wasn't getting what they were paying for," Johnson said. "The State Department thought they were getting competent guards."

In a motion to dismiss filed by GardaWorld's attorneys, the company denies Fahn's allegations and characterizes them as a repackaging of "minor technical issues of the kind that the government has been aware of for more than a decade." ajc.com  privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

Mall Security & Murder Lawsuit
Lawsuit alleges Brooklyn's Kings Plaza mall security failed to stop fight that led to teen's murder
A security guard did nothing as a Brooklyn teen got into a vicious fight with a rival at the Kings Plaza mall, failing to intervene in the brawl that escalated into a deadly shooting minutes later, a new lawsuit charges.

"He's just standing there. They did nothing. They did nothing," said Stewart's mother, Charlene Stewart, 46, of the security guard in the video. "I've never seen my son have a one-on-one fight. I've never seen him in that manner. I was heartbroken. I'm his mother. I can see that he's being hurt and I do not like that at all."

The victim's family told The News that he was accosted by a group of teens - including Glasgow - in the mall as he bought a smoothie with friends. The group demanded Stewart and his pals hand over their money, prompting the donnybrook. Stewart rolled on the the ground, tussling with others boys as a security guard watched, according to the lawsuit and video. Stewart's parents identified him as the boy wearing a red shirt in the video.

An onlooker laughed at the beatdown and filmed with her phone. "Yo the security guard. The security guard has me dying," says a girl in the video.

Stewart and his friends eventually left the mall, according to the suit, and got in a car. Glasgow is accused of pursuing Stewart and shooting him in the car. The victim was around the corner from his home in Flatlands.

A law enforcement source confirmed the video of the fight is part of the Brooklyn DA's investigation of Stewart's murder. Glasgow was arrested for the killing on April 9, 2021, charged as an adult for the murder though he was underage at the time. He has pleaded not guilty. Stewart died five days after the shooting at Maimonides Medical Center. nydailynews.com

Another One Bites the Dust on Ethics Charge
Ralph Lauren exec Howard Smith resigns
Ralph Lauren Chief Commercial Officer Howard Smith has resigned his position, according to a Securities and Exchange Commision document. The resignation is effective as of April 2. After 20 years with Ralph Lauren, Smith is stepping down from his current role of chief commercial officer.

After an independent investigation, Smith was found to have violated the company's code of business conduct and ethics and other policies, according to SEC documentation. The company's board then concluded Smith's resignation was necessary.

Following allegations made concerning Smith's personal conduct, Ralph Lauren launched an investigation with the assistance of outside counsel. The investigation revealed that Smith violated the company's code of conduct and other policies and "it was decided that Howard would resign," the letter to employees stated. retaildive.com

Whistleblower Case by Former Dia-Foot Employee
Diabetic Shoe Company & CEO Agrees to Pay $5.5M to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Regarding "Custom" Shoe Inserts
Miami, Florida - Foot Care Store, Inc. d/b/a Dia-Foot (Dia-Foot), a diabetic shoe company based in Wellington, Florida, and its President and CEO Robert Gaynor, have agreed to pay $5,538,338 to settle allegations that the company sold custom diabetic shoe inserts that were not actually custom-fabricated in accordance with Medicare standards. The agreement is part of a civil settlement that resolves claims brought under the False Claims Act.

Dia-Foot billed Medicare and Medicaid for the custom version, or sold the inserts to other providers who then billed government health care programs for custom inserts. This allowed Dia-Foot to produce and sell more inserts and increase profits by cutting corners. The government also alleged that Dia-Foot advertised to customers that it was proud to be Medicare-compliant and had received Medicare approval for its custom diabetic shoe inserts, even though Dia-Foot received the Medicare approvals based on false information.

Dia-Foot and Robert Gaynor entered into a three-year Integrity Agreement (IA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG). The IA requires, among other things, that Dia-Foot implement updated policies and procedures as part of its compliance program, and hire an Independent Review Organization to review quarterly Dia-Foot's claims to Medicare and Medicaid. justice.gov

DOJ: Leader of multimillion-dollar tobacco tax fraud and money laundering conspiracy gets 26 months prison

Defendant and his coconspirators defrauded Washington of more than $10 million in tobacco excise taxes

Hyung Il Kwon, 48, of Henderson, Nevada, was the secret owner of TK Mac, a company that owned and operated two smoke shops in Federal Way and Lynnwood, Washington. Kwon conspired with others to cheat the state out of tobacco excise taxes; he also evaded more than $850,000 in federal income taxes. justice.gov

Amazon plans to shut down more than 50 brick-and-mortar stores- book stores & 4-Star locations only

REI Workers in New York Vote to Unionize

Quarterly Results

American Eagle Outfitters Q4 consolidated store revenue up 32%, digital sales down 3%, net sales up 17%
American Eagle Outfitters FY 22 consolidated store revenue up 53%, digital sales up 7%, net sales up 33%

Urban Outfitters Q4 retail segment net sales up 15%, wholesales seg. net sales down 22%, net sales up 13.9%
Urban Outfitters FY 22 retail segment net sales up 16%, wholesales seg. net sales down 23%, net sales up 14.2%

Abercrombie & Fitch Q4 net sales up 4%, digital sales were 48% of total net sales, FY 22 net sales up 19%, digital represented 47% of total net sales

Kroger Q4 identical sales up 4%, digital sales two-year stack up 105%, FY 22 identical sales up 0.2%, digital sales two-year stack up 113%

Best Buy Q4 Enterprise comp's down 2.3%, domestic online sales down 11.2%, FY 22 enterprise comp's up 10.4%

Nordstrom Q4 Nordstrom banner net sales flat, Nordstrom Rack down 5%, Digital sales down 1%, net sales up 23%


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North American Safety, Security and Business Continuity Planning Director job posted for Gordon Food Service in Grand Rapids, MI
The North American Safety, Security and Business Continuity Planning Director​, based out of Grand Rapids, MI, leads North American personnel safety, asset protection, and physical security for all Gordon Food Service entities (Warehousing, Transportation, Stores, Specialty Companies, and Corporate offices). Develops and owns Corporate Business Continuity Planning (BCP), working with key Subject Matter Experts from each business unit to ensure robust and consistent standards are in place to mitigate and respond to potential business interruptions. indeed.com

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When you see a shoplifter push a cart full of unpaid merchandise out the door, it's easy to assume it is an isolated incident or merely a small loss of inventory. But this is rarely the case.

Pushout theft is real, and this form of shoplifting is far more frequent than most retailers realize. Gatekeeper Systems conducted a real-world, ten-week experiment in a major U.S. supermarket to prove this point.

The first seven weeks of the experiment were surveillance, focusing on the number of pushout thefts and each theft's value. The experiment's final three weeks measured success after Purchek activation, using the same metrics; frequency and dollar value.

The results are quantifiable and alarming.

For more download the entire case study here.






The Cyber Battlefield
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has turned the global internet into a battlefield
Russia and Ukraine are both racing to take control of a key battlefield in the ongoing conflict: the internet. Moves by both countries have open internet advocates worrying that civilians' rights to the global internet and freedom of information are getting caught in the middle.

Ukraine failed in one of its attempts to cut Russia off on Wednesday. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) - a nonprofit that oversees domain and internet protocol systems vital to the global internet - rejected a request by Ukrainian officials to shut down high-level Russian domains.

ICANN noted that it is not able to take unilateral action to disconnect domains. Third-party operators have control over security certificates and root server systems, two other services that Ukraine asked ICANN to revoke or shut down.

"The Internet is a decentralized system," Göran Marby, president and chief executive officer of ICANN, wrote in the letter sent Wednesday in response to Ukraine's request. "No one actor has the ability to control it or shut it down.

Pressure from both Russia and Ukraine has put tech companies and organizations - those who want to support Ukraine while also protecting user rights - in the middle. Tech giants including Google, Facebook and Twitter have taken steps to limit propaganda by restricting Russian state media, including banning it in Europe.

The Ukrainian government is urging them to go further by shutting down services in Russia. Some tech companies have already taken steps towards doing so. Business software company Oracle shut down operations in Russia and Apple suspended product sales in the country.

Tech companies are also under pressure from Russia, which has pushed for a reversal on state media bans. The country last year passed a series of laws that human rights experts say are designed to make platform employees and data more susceptible to Russian censorship. Fines for violating the laws have gone into effect this month, adding to the burdens tech companies operating in the country face.

Unintended consequences

Human rights defenders worry that pressure to cut off Russia from the global internet will prevent civilians from accessing independent sources of information and strengthen Russia's grip over its population. Russia has already censored some domestic independent news sources for reporting on the invasion.

Leaving Russians with state propaganda as their only news source will lead to a "risk of unspeakable violence and crimes committed against Ukrainian people," said Krapiva. cyberscoop.com

Is Your Company Exposed?
Data leaks and shadow assets greatly exposing organizations to cyberattacks
CybelAngel published a research revealing that data leaks and shadow assets are the greatest source of exposure to cyberattacks faced by large organizations across the globe. The report also highlights how the market pressures of 2021 led to an increase of such risks, with cloud storage leaks increasing by 150% compared to 2020.   

AdvertisementBased on data from a sample group of customers, the research report reveals that data leak incidents increased, overall, by 63% and vulnerable shadow assets exposure grew by 40% in 2021. This is evidence of organizations' ever-increasing digital footprint and the expanding attack surface of today's connected enterprises.   

Source code data leaks rise by two-thirds between 2020 and 2021

The increase in outsourced development projects led to a 66% increase in source code leaks. The final quarter of 2021 saw a massive 117% jump in the number of GitHub incident reports sent to CybelAngel's sample group of customers, compared to the previous quarter. 

Increase in 'major risks' from credentials leaks

The digital risks caused by exposed credentials continued to plague cybersecurity, including account takeover, credential stuffing, network infiltration, and ransomware attacks. In the sample group of companies, exposed credentials accounted for 25% of all incident reports sent. One of the most significant findings was that the severity of exposed credential incidents has changed dramatically with a 50% increase in the number of 'major' incidents, defined as those having the potential to interrupt business operations as a result of account takeover.  

40% growth in shadow IT incidents in H2 2021

With the increasing prevalence in cloud adoption, and the ease with which applications and services can be used without the sanction of IT departments, the number of vulnerable shadow assets grew by 40% over H2 2021. 17% of shadow asset incidents sent to CybelAngel customers across 2021 were rated 'major' or 'critical'.   helpnetsecurity.com

DOJ: Chicago Man Gets 2 Yrs Federal Prison for Business Email Compromise Scheme
INDIANAPOLIS - Oyedele Aro Benjamin, 27, of Chicago was sentenced to two years in federal prison today for his role in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme.

According to court documents, in September 2018, Benjamin traveled to Indianapolis to deposit a $300,000 check at Regions Bank. The United States Postal Inspection Service determined that the check was obtained through a BEC scam that victimized two Louisiana companies. A scammer, posing via email as a representative from one of the victim companies, tricked that victim company into sending a $300,000 check intended for the second company to an address in Chicago.

Benjamin received the check in Chicago and then traveled to Indianapolis to open a business bank account at a Regions Bank branch. He opened the account using a fictitious name and business by presenting a fraudulent driver's license and fraudulent business registration information. justice.gov

DOJ: Three Defendants Sentenced For Illegal Bitcoin Business - 'The Geek Group'
In October, the three defendants pled guilty. Boden pled guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, money laundering, and structuring deposits to evade financial institution reporting requirements. DeJager pled guilty to conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business and money laundering. Vogt pled guilty to structuring while operating the unlicensed money transmitting business.

The Court sentenced Boden to 30 months in custody and ordered him to pay $75,000 and forfeit bitcoin, among other penalties. DeJager received 10 months in custody for his role in the scheme and was ordered to pay $25,000. Vogt was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay $62,711 to the government. In total, the defendants forfeited and were ordered to pay more than $200,000 in bitcoin and U.S. currency. justice.gov

NIST seeks information on updating its Cybersecurity Framework

Security community welcomes the update, but a U.S. GAO report cites slow adoption among government.

As it begins planning to revise its widely praised Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has requested that interested parties supply comments on how NIST can improve the effectiveness of the CSF and its alignment with other cybersecurity resources. NIST's last update of the framework, first released in 2014 under an executive order issued by President Obama, was in 2018.

"There is no single issue driving this change," NIST Chief Cybersecurity Advisor Kevin Stine said in a statement. "This is a planned update to keep the CSF current and ensure that it is aligned with other tools that are commonly used. csoonline.com

Ukrainian websites under 'nonstop' attack - cyber watchdog agency

Biden seeks money to bolster Ukraine war-related cybersecurity at home, abroad

Most Cybersecurity Vendors at Risk Due to Internet-Exposed IT Assets







States Most Affected by E-Commerce Scams
Iowans lead the nation in falling for e-commerce scams
In the first year of the pandemic, e-commerce sales in the U.S. rose by more than 32%, totaling $791.7 billion as businesses and consumers turned to online shopping amid lockdowns, social distancing restrictions, brick-and-mortar closures, and illness anxiety. But where there is prosperity earned honestly, there is also opportunity for bad actors to cash in.

Wicked Reports broke down state-by-state 2020 data (including Washington D.C.) from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaints Center to determine the states most harmed by non-payment and non-delivery scams in e-commerce, ranked by losses per victim. Population data as of July 1, 2021 was taken from the U.S. Census Bureau to estimate victims per 100,000 citizens for each state. Interestingly, the top five states most impacted by these scams were neither the states that shop online the most-which could have made them statistically more likely to be affected-nor were they the states that online shop the least, which could have indicated a lack of familiarity with e-commerce best practices.

Vigilance and a healthy bit of skepticism can be your greatest asset in protecting your information online, particularly in e-commerce settings. If a website looks suspicious or a deal looks too good to be true, walk away. Or at least take time to vet it thoroughly. E-commerce fraud is projected to grow by 105% by 2025.

States most affected by e-commerce scams

#1. Iowa: $4,858 losses per victim (121% higher than the national average)
#2. Georgia: $4,431 losses per victim (101% higher than the national average)
#3. Utah: $3,713 losses per victim (69% higher than the national average)

States least affected by e-commerce scams

#1. Washington D.C.: $691 losses per victim (69% lower than the national average)
#2. Kansas: $980 losses per victim (56% lower than the national average)
#3. Kentucky: $1,085 losses per victim (51% lower than the national average)
Don't Get Suckered While Shopping Online
How To Avoid Online Shopping Scams That Are All Over Facebook

To prevent scammers from taking advantage of you, do these things before you shop from a retailer that's new to you.

1. Study the Seller's Website
Rebecca Taylor, incident command knowledge lead at cybersecurity company Secureworks, shared a few red flags to look for when you shop online: What does the item cost? How old is the brand's website? Is the website secure? Does the brand offer any contact methods, like a phone number, address or email address?
How thorough is the website?

2. Look for Authorized Resellers
If you're shopping from a reseller, look to see whether it's authorized to sell the brand's products. For example, if you want to buy the latest Nintendo Switch console, you can check Nintendo's list of online retailers to check if the online listing or advertisement you saw is from a retailer on that list. Review reseller practices and cross-check them for the red flags.

3. Research Beyond the Storefront
A few ways to verify a brand via outside sources: Do an online search for "brand x + reviews"; Search "brand x + scam" or "brand x + fraud"; Search the Better Business Bureau website for the brand or retailer. A company does not have to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau to be listed in its directory, so use what you find as part of your overall research.

4. Use a Protected Payment Method
Using a credit card or a payment platform like PayPal gives you added defense if your order never arrives. Credit cards typically offer full protection for the amount you spent in the event of fraud, but your debit card may not. forbes.com

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Pawn Shop Fencing Operation Shut Down
DOJ: Springfield Woman Indicted for Reselling $2.1M Stolen Goods & Money Laundering
BOSTON - A Springfield woman was indicted today by a federal grand jury in connection with the reselling of stolen goods on eBay and for money laundering.

Mimi Mai, 48, was indicted on one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods, four counts of money laundering and two counts of engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

Mai owned and operated EZ Exchange, a pawn shop in Holyoke. It is alleged that Mai knowingly purchased stolen goods from pawn shop patrons and resold the items on eBay at prices well above what she had paid the sellers. The stolen goods included a variety of household items, such as power tools, electronic devices, sunglasses and beauty and personal care products. Between 2018 and 2021, Mai allegedly earned more than $2.1 million from the sale of items she had listed for sale as "new" on eBay. It is alleged that Mai used her eBay earnings to buy property in Florida.

Mai faces 10 years and 20 years respectively of two charges, with years of supervised release and over $500,000 in fines.

Assistance was provided by the Springfield Police Department, New England State Police Information Network and investigators from Home Depot, CVS, Target and Stop & Shop. justice.gov

Albuquerque, NM: Finally, NM's Violent Shoplifting Rings are in legal system sights
Six months after it was created, the Organized Retail Crime Task Force spearheaded by the state Attorney's General Office made its presence felt with a series of arrests and warrants issued in February that should, at long last, put a damper on this surging segment of criminal enterprise. In May, police said shoplifters have become more brazen in recent years and more likely to be armed and violent. Weeks later, in early July, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas noted shoplifting rings had become a "very profitable industry" for criminals, "funneling and fueling" other crimes like human trafficking and gang activity.

That's when Balderas announced the creation of the task force, with new relationships and a singular focus of deterring organized retail crime. One of the AG's responsibilities is consumer protection. Usually that's uncovering fraudulent business practices, but the prevalence of violence associated with some shoplifting incidents has broadened the definition to providing a safe space for retail activity. "New Mexico families deserve to shop safely, and we will continue to target dangerous criminals through coordinated law enforcement operations to increase the safety level in our communities," Balderas said Feb. 8 in announcing one of the task force's first major victories: An operation targeting theft from Albuquerque hardware stores netted more than a dozen arrests over the first weekend of February.

Undercover and uniformed officers were positioned near Home Depot stores as employees and security relayed information of thefts in progress to police. There were 17 arrests made, including 8 felony arrests and 6 misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor arrests. Court records show three stolen vehicles were recovered. The operation included the N.M. AG's Office; Albuquerque Police Department's Organized Crime Unit, Impact Unit and Problem Response Team; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and asset protection personnel from the retail community. abqjournal.com

Fraud Crew Busted
DOJ: New York Man Gets 12 Years' Prison For Organizing Scheme to Defraud Sprint of $1.3 Million
Horace Henry. age 45, of New York, and his co-conspirators executed a scheme to defraud Sprint through fraudulent cell phone service contracts that were created using the stolen personal identification information of 390 identity theft victims, resulting in bogus orders for 1,630 iPhone XR cell phones. According to evidence presented at the sentencing, as a result of the fraud scheme approximately 892 iPhones were shipped to locations throughout the United States, including Centre, Northumberland, Montour, and Mifflin Counties. The fraud and identity theft scheme caused Sprint to incur actual and attempted losses totaling approximately $1,338,247. Henry and his co-defendants used shipment tracking numbers to determine when packages containing iPhones were scheduled for delivery, traveled from New York to the individual victims' residences in Pennsylvania and other states, and retrieved the packages at the delivery locations, or directly from delivery persons using counterfeit identification documents bearing the personal identification information of the individual victims and photos of the conspirators.

In addition to the 12-year prison term, Chief Judge Brann also ordered Henry to serve a three-year term of supervised release upon release from custody, and pay restitution in the amount of $705,803 for cell phones shipped, but not recovered.

Henry was born in Jamaica and resided in New York at the time of the offense. He was previously deported and illegally re-entered the United States without permission. Henry's co-defendants, Andrew Herdsman and George Bobb, entered guilty pleas and have been sentenced. justice.gov

Staples Sales Mgr. Processing Store CC's With Co-Conspirator for $81K
DOJ: Boston Man Gets 1 Month Prison & 18 Months Supervised Release for Fraud Conspiracy
Ricardo Voltaire, 35, was sentenced to one month in prison and 18 months of supervised release. Voltaire was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $81,550 and forfeiture of $8,000. On Oct. 26, 2021, Voltaire pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Voltaire was a sales manager at Staples locations in Dedham and Braintree. In this role, Voltaire was responsible for processing store credit card applications, among other things. On at least 60 occasions, Voltaire processed fraudulent Staples' store credit account applications that were submitted by co-conspirator Wagner Sozi and his accomplice - each of which contained stolen personal identifying information of another individual. Voltaire knew that his co-conspirators were not in fact the individuals named on the applications and opened store credit accounts under the stolen identities, which were then used to purchase more than $81,000 in Visa gift cards. Voltaire accepted approximately $8,000 in kickbacks from Sozi and his co-conspirator.

In May 2021, Sozi pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of making a false claim. On Dec. 8, 2021, Sozi was sentenced to 39 months in prison and two years of supervised release. Sozi was also ordered to pay forfeiture and restitution in the approximate amount of $110,000. justice.gov

Three shoplifters rob California Walgreens store as security guard watches them
The video shows shoplifters brazenly clearing items off the shelves rattling and moving around fearlessly looking for more while the other shoppers looked on. In a shocking turn of events, three shoplifters were caught on camera emptying shelves of a Walgreens in California's Bay Area while the security guard simply watched them. While it is unclear when the incident took place but a Twitter user by the name @libsoftiktok shared the video on Monday, February 28. The video shows shoplifters brazenly clearing items off the shelves rattling and moving around fearlessly looking for more while the other shoppers looked on in bewilderment. meaww.com

Roseville, CA: Police search for 10 who robbed Roseville jewelry store
Authorities in Northern California were searching Sunday for 10 men suspected of storming a jewelry store and using sledgehammers to smash display cases and take off with jewelry. The suspects brandished a gun during Friday's smash-and-grab robbery from the store at the Roseville Galleria mall, about 16 miles northeast of Sacramento, Roseville police said in a statement. The group fled in a silver Chevrolet and orange Dodge Charger, police said. A witness video provided to KXTV-TV showed people stuffing items into bags before running out of the store. One person ran while carrying a sledgehammer. abc10.com

East Hampton, NY: Crew trying to make off with $90K in purses from high-end Hamptons store busted after car chase
A group of shoplifters who made off with a pile of $90,000 purses from a Balenciaga store in the Hamptons was captured by cops after a car chase through Long Island, officials said Friday. The five-person crew from Newark, NJ - three men and two women - walked into the luxury fashion store in East Hampton Village at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, grabbed a number of expensive handbags in under half a minute and took off in a black Dodge Durango, cops said. New York State Police later spotted the car on Sunrise Highway near the Westhampton Beach exit and gave chase until the car got a flat near exit 69 on the Long Island Expressway, where the alleged thieves ditched the car and ran out in a wooded area next to the highway, police said. By 6:30 p.m., cops had caught up to three of the men - Ali Harris, 28, Jamal Johns, 25, and Wazir Rodgers, 25, - and one of the women, Baseemah Tamika Davis, 34. nypost.com

Grundy, VA: More than $20,000 in merchandise stolen at the Grundy Walmart
Local police were seeking three suspects Monday who took more than $20,000 of merchandise from a Walmart in Buchanan County,Va. The Grundy Police Department responded Feb. 27 after a theft was reported at the local Walmart off Riverview Street, according to Chief J. Seth McGlothlin. Two suspects entered the store about 6:40 a.m. and went to the electronics department where they stole about $20,396 in merchandise, McGlothlin said. The suspects left the store and got into a newer model Ford F-150. It was silver in color, he said. A third suspect was inside the vehicle. bdtonline.com

West Hollywood, CA: Burglary suspect steals wedding rings, Rolex from Jewelry store
Authorities and the owners of a West Hollywood jewelry store are hoping the public can help identify a burglary suspect caught on surveillance video. The burglary took place at Georgiano Fine Jewelry & Watches on the 800 block of Huntley Drive, located near the intersection of Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards, around 6 a.m. Sunday. The male suspect could be seen using a crowbar to break into the front door of the business and jumping over the counter before swiping several items. The owners say they were at the scene of the crime within 5 minutes of the alarms going off, while it took Sheriff's deputies nearly 20 minutes to respond. An estimated $25,000 dollars worth of jewelry was stolen from the store. One of the pieces taken during the burglary was a personalized wedding ring the owner had been working on for a customer.  foxla.com

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Shootings & Deaths

Wellington, NV: Officer-involved shooting at restaurant, suspect shot and killed
An investigation is underway after someone was shot and killed by a law enforcement officer at a Wellington restaurant. A person with a gun was reported at Rosie's Place on Highway 208 around 4:40 p.m. Monday. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office, Yerington Police Department, and Nevada State Police all responded to the incident. The suspect was eventually shot and killed. Investigators have not said what led to the shooting or which agency the officer who shot the suspect worked for. The shooting is being investigated by the Nevada Division of Investigation. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is handling the coroner investigation. kolotv.com

Oklahoma City, OK: Man Killed, Woman Injured In C-Store Shooting
Police said a man died of a gunshot wound late Saturday night. The shooting happened around 10 p.m. at the intersection of Southwest 29th Street and Blackwelder. Police said the man was shot in the head. A woman was also shot in the back. The woman was transported to a local hospital and is expected to be OK. Authorities said they have a person of interest in custody. news9.com

Clarkston, GA: Man arrested for shooting, killing 32-year-old store clerk
Police arrested a 60-year-old man wanted for murdering a 32-year-old store clerk Friday night. On March 4 at approximately 10 p.m., Clarkston Police Officers responded to the Stop and Save Food Mart on North Indian Creek after receiving a 911 call of a person shot. Once officers arrived, they located the clerk unconscious inside the store suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Officers immediately started performing life saving measures on the clerk until EMT arrived. He was pronounced dead on the scene. cbs46.com

Hopkinsville, KY: Man arrested in connection to Casey's store murder
A Hopkinsville man was arrested early Friday morning in connection to the fatal Casey's General Store shooting that occurred just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Also, local police have revealed the name of the victim as well as additional details of what occurred, according to a Hopkinsville Police Department report. Police arrested Christian McKeel, 20, and charged him with complicity to murder for alleged role in the murder of 19-year-old Alijah Watts. According to the arrest report, McKeel admitted to helping two juveniles execute a robbery of Watts. The report states McKeel allegedly lured Watts to the Casey's General Store, where two juveniles, including Joshua Cotton, 16, robbed Watts before shooting him. kentuckynewera.com

Syracuse, NY: At least one gunshot fired during fight at Destiny USA;
no suspects located
There was a large police presence at Destiny USA Saturday night after at least one gunshot was fired during a fight in the commons level of the mall, police said. At about 6:48 p.m., Syracuse police officers working a mall detail on an overtime basis heard at least one shot and saw customers running and screaming from the center atrium area, Syracuse police spokesman Lt. Matthew Malinowski said in a news conference Saturday night. The mall went into lockdown immediately and the officers began searching the area to make sure there was not an active shooter, Malinowski said. When it was determined there was no active threat, the shelter-in-place order was lifted and the mall was evacuated, Malinowski said. Hundreds of people could be seen leaving the mall after it was closed. Lines of vehicles moved slowly towards the exits as dozens of police vehicles made their way towards the mall. After an initial investigation, police discovered that several males were fighting on the commons level of the mall when at least one shot was fired and shattered a glass window of the DSW shoe store, Malinowski said. syracuse.com

Concord, CA: Four injured in shooting at Dave & Busters
Concord police are investigating a shooting that happened outside the Dave and Buster's entertainment center that sent four people to the hospital late Sunday night. Lt. Greg Rodriguez said in a news release that a man and a woman were shot at the establishment in the 2000 block of Diamond Boulevard. Two more men, both with gunshot wounds, drove themselves to Sutter Delta Hospital in Antioch, police said. No one was killed and the exact injuries of those shot were not released. Preliminary details indicate there was an argument between two groups inside Dave and Buster's which led to the shooting. Police did not release details about what the argument was about. ktvu.com

Indiana Native Sentenced For 2019 Attempted Armed Robbery of Uptown CVS Pharmacy That Resulted in Shooting of NOPD Officer


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

El Cajon, CA: Man Attacks Officer With Stolen Walmart Baseball Bat
A man in Southern California faces charges including attempted murder after he was accused of swinging a stolen aluminum baseball bat at a police officer's head on Friday, authorities said. Julian Sebastien Kurko, 26, was approached by Walmart loss prevention employees after they reportedly witnessed him attempting to steal sporting goods. Employees of the El Cajon store called law enforcement around 3:40 p.m. after failing to make contact with Kurko. An officer arrived at the Walmart shortly after the call and approached Kurko in the parking lot. Kurko had walked out of the store still armed with the baseball bat and "confronted " the officer. As Kurko drew closer to the officer, he raised the bat above his head and swung it forcefully at him. The officer was able to deflect the blow from his head by raising his upper arm. Kurko was tackled to the ground and violently struggled to escape the officer's grip. After other officers arrived, he was arrested. patch.com

Chicago, IL: Man critically wounded in stabbing at River North Walgreens
A stabbing at a Walgreens in the city's River North neighborhood left a man in critical condition, according to police. Police said the victim, approximately 45 to 50 years of age, noticed a man stealing at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sunday night at the Walgreens at 641 North Clark Street. When the victim approached the man that appeared to be stealing, the man pulled out a sharp object and punctured the victim numerous times to the legs, face and neck. The victim was taken to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition and the perpetrator fled from the scene. wgntv.com

Dangerous Robbery Crew Busted
DOJ: Illinois Man Gets 8.5 Yrs for Armed Robbery of Stores in Lake Delton, WI
On July 28, 2020, Thurmond and his co-defendant Deon Brown robbed the Alpha Red Studio in Lake Delton. A few minutes later, and less than a mile away, Thurmond and Brown robbed Gifts of the World retail store.

At the time of the robberies, Thurmond was on active state supervision in Illinois for a felony burglary conviction. At the sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson noted that Thurmond had an extensive criminal history including prior convictions for home invasion and burglary. Judge Peterson also noted that he had a duty to protect the public from Thurmond's "really dangerous offenses."

Thurmond and Brown also face federal charges in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, where a grand jury returned an indictment charging Thurmond and Brown with conspiring to rob various commercial establishments in Racine and Kenosha. justice.gov

Serious Violent Felon Sentenced to Over 14 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery of Southside Bakery
INDIANAPOLIS - Ryan Hickey, 34, of Indianapolis was sentenced to over 14 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to robbery and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

On January 30, 2021, Hickey made a purchase at Boyden's Southside Bakery on south Meridian Street. He left the business after his purchase but returned to its back door a short time later. After knocking on the door, he was greeted by two female employees. Hickey brandished a gun at the employees, announced he was robbing the business, and fired a shot between the employees into the kitchen. Hickey was eventully captured at his residence. Hickey has numerous prior felony convictions, including armed robbery and dealing in a controlled substance. justice.gov

Niles, OH: New security measures being discussed after second mall fight in a month
A 13-year-old girl is facing a disorderly conduct charge stemming from her actions after a fight at the Eastwood Mall over the weekend. The fight happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday night near the children's play area. It was the second fight involving juveniles to happen at the mall in two weeks. Cafaro Company Spokesman Joe Bell said everyone involved in this latest fight has been banned from mall property. Captain John Marshall with Niles Police said they plan to meet with Cafaro Company Officials this week to see what officers can do to help increase security at the mall. "We're going to help them put an end to it because it's not ok for everybody else that uses that mall for shopping and any other entertainment purpose that they could," he said. Bell says the company plans to communicate with the administration from local schools. The company wants to stress to students that this type of behavior is not welcome and anyone who participates in it will be charged. wkbn.com

DOJ: Denny's restaurant franchises Bookkeeper Convicted by Federal Jury for $700,000 Employer Embezzlement & Tax Fraud Scheme
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal jury found a Kenyon woman guilty of embezzling more than $700,000 from the owners of several Denny's restaurant franchises around the Twin Cities.

Kimberly Sue Peterson-Janovec, 59, of Kenyon, was convicted on 24 counts of fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax crimes. Notably, Peterson-Janovec has a prior federal fraud conviction from 1998, when she embezzled more than $950,000 from another former employer. justice.gov

DOJ: Two Men Get 15 Yrs Federal Prison for Their Fourteen Hour Armed Robbery Spree of 3 Convenience Stores in Evansville and Elberfield

DOJ: Statesville, N.C., Man Who Robbed Two Convenience Stores (BP) On The Same Day At Gunpoint Gets More Than 11 Yrs Prison

DOJ: Federal charges filed against St. Louis man for armed robbing 3 QuikTrip stores - 1 store 3 times

DOJ: KC Man Charged in Foiled Independence Restaurant Robbery - Employees Wrestled Suspect to Ground & Disarmed Him

DOJ: Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 252 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery of Four Gas Stations in Fort Wayne

DOJ: Las Vegas Man Sentenced To 29 Years In Prison For Series Of Four Armed Robberies - 2 Starbucks & 2 Banks



Auto - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Auto - Geneva, AL - Burglary
Boost - Gainesville, FL - Burglary
C-Store - Alexandria, LA - Burglary
C-Store - Hastings, NE - Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Springs, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Richmond, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Charlottesville, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Bolton, CT - Robbery
Dollar General - Albuquerque, NM - Robbery
Gas Station - Hartford, MI - Burglary
Grocery - Suffolk County, NY - Armed Robbery
Handbags - East Hampton, NY - Robbery
Jewelry - Roseville, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - West Hollywood, CA - Burglary
Jewelry - Tukwila, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - El Paso, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Nashua, NH - Robbery
Jewelry - Sugarland, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Portland, OR - Robbery
Jewelry - Chicago, IL - Robbery
Jewelry - Friendship, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Torrance, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Bakersfield, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Kennewick, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Melbourne, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Overland Park, KS - Robbery
Jewelry - Temecula, CA - Burglary
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
7-Eleven - Bakersfield, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - North Port, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Charlottesville, VA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Hampton, VA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 26 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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