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Hanwha Techwin America Appoints Mr. C.H. (Choong Hoon) Ha
as New President

Teaneck, NJ - Hanwha Techwin has appointed Mr. C.H. (Choong Hoon) Ha as the new president of Hanwha Techwin America (HTA). The company veteran succeeds Mr. KiChul (KC) Kim, who has been promoted to head of global sales and strategic marketing at Hanwha Techwin headquarters in Korea.

In his new role, Mr. Ha will focus on several key business initiatives designed to strengthen Hanwha Techwin's leadership in security and surveillance. These include expanding the company's solutions offerings including next level cybersecurity, advanced Artificial Intelligence and cloud technologies. The company will also make continual investments in sales, marketing and operational infrastructures as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the customer experience.

Since joining Hanwha Techwin America in 2010, Mr. Ha has held key sales and corporate management positions and contributed significantly to the company's growth, product development and technology innovation. Read more here


Corey Adams named Solutions Engineer for Agilence

Prior to being named the Solutions Engineer for Agilence, Corey served as VP of Global Client Services at Appriss Retail for more than nine years. Before that, he spent five years as a Loss Prevention and Retail Analytics Consultant with Retail Expert and also has six years of experience as a Police Officer. Earlier in his career, Corey spent time in Loss Prevention at TJX (five years) and Leather Loft Stores (ten years). Congratulations, Corey!

Coming Tomorrow: Meet the Albertsons AP Team & hear about their continued
evolution and development

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Protests & Violence

NYC Protests Flare Up Over Easter Holiday Weekend For Various Causes


Easter protesters demand Cuomo OK aid to 'excluded workers'
Dozens of New Yorkers and politicians gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Midtown Manhattan office Sunday for an Easter "service" to demand he approve a $3.5 billion fund for excluded workers not reached by benefits during the pandemic. nypost.com

'Times Square Take Over' rally decries anti-Asian violence
Dozens of protesters gathered in Times Square Sunday to condemn the recent spike in attacks targeting Asian-Americans in the Big Apple - including the shocking assault of a woman in Midtown last week. nypost.com

BLM protesters leave trail of anti-cop graffiti after Manhattan demonstration
Demonstrators demanding that the NYPD fire a cop accused of pulling out his gun during a Black Lives Matter protest in January left a trail of graffiti in Lower Manhattan on Saturday night. Members of the 40-person protest group first marched across the Brooklyn-bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn's 84th Precinct, where the officer they were calling on to be fired, Artem Prusayev, is allegedly stationed. nypost.com

BLM Protesters pound on windows at Balthazar's outdoor dining area in NYC
A crowd of protesters pounded on the windows of the outdoor dining area at upscale Soho French restaurant Balthazar as people dined there Thursday night, video shows. Dozens of demonstrators crowded the restaurant's outdoor space - some repeatedly banging on the windows in support - as one of them, identified as Qween Jean, delivered a speech, video originally tweeted by the Protest_NYC page shows.

"So many black and brown indigenous community members are often left out," Qween Jean can be heard saying. "They are often neglected, left out, unhoused, without food, without medication, without medical care, without mental health access. And we're here with the message because we believe that black lives matter." nypost.com

2021 Storming of the United States Capitol

The DOJ's U.S. Capital Mob Investigation
Jan 6, 2021

'One of the Largest Investigations in American History'
Number of Defendants Prosecuted & Volume of Evidence

How America's surveillance networks helped the FBI catch the Capitol mob
Federal documents detailing the attacks at the U.S. Capitol show a mix of FBI techniques, from license plate readers to facial recognition, that helped identify rioters. Digital rights activists say the invasive technology can infringe on our privacy.

One couple's case is among the more than 1,000 pages of arrest records, FBI affidavits and search warrants reviewed by The Washington Post detailing one of the biggest criminal investigations in American history. More than 320 suspects have been charged in the melee that shook the nation's capital and left five people dead.

The federal documents provide a rare view of the ways investigators exploit the digital fingerprints nearly everyone leaves behind in an era of pervasive surveillance and constant online connection. They illustrate the power law enforcement now has to hunt down suspects by studying the contours of faces, the movements of vehicles and even conversations with friends and spouses.

The cache of federal documents lays out a sprawling mix of FBI techniques: license plate readers that captured suspects' cars on the way to Washington; cell-tower location records that chronicled their movements through the Capitol complex; facial recognition searches that matched images to suspects' driver's licenses or social media profiles; and a remarkably deep catalogue of video from surveillance systems, live streams, news reports and cameras worn by the police who swarmed the Capitol that day.

56 FBI Field Offices - 900+ Search Warrants - All 50 States - Social Media Services - Telecommunications Giants - Geofencing - License plate readers - Facial Recognition - Crowd Sourcing

All of these played vital roles in identifying hundreds of rioters that led to the 320 suspects beiug charged to date. Read the rest of this massive case:
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'Most Complex Investigation Ever Prosecuted by Department of Justice."
Over 270,000 Digital Media Tips - With More Cases Still to Come

What we know about the "unprecedented" Capitol riot arrests
Prosecutors have called the case "unprecedented" in scale, and the government said in a court filing March 12, "The Capitol Attack is likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice."

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in March that citizens from around the country had sent the FBI more than 270,000 digital media tips. Wray said, "With their help, we've identified hundreds of suspects and opened hundreds of investigations in all but one of our 56 field offices."

As of Friday, CBS News has reviewed court documents for 353 cases that have been unsealed. Of those, at least 158 defendants were also indicted by grand juries.  cbsnews.com

Derek Chauvin Trial

NAACP: "Not-Guilty Would Electrify a New Wave of Activists"
AZ NAACP College Leader: "Protesting This Summer Regardless of Outcome"

Washington Post Article - The Build Up To - Will There Be Blood
Floyd's Killing - Another Call to Action For Gen Z'ers With Sense of Urgency

Shaped by Black Lives Matter, Gen Z watches Chauvin trial with cynicism and urgency: 'What's next?'
From the acquittal in Trayvon Martin's death, eight years ago, which launched the Black Lives Matter movement, teenagers across the nation watched nationally televised justice.

Many high school and college-age members of Gen Z, their formative years brought gut punch after gut punch to their faith in the American criminal justice system. Other widely protested deaths of Black Americans followed Martin's, spawning hashtags and headlines but either no charges or no convictions: Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Freddie Gray. Breonna Taylor.

Now, the generation that grew up with Black Lives Matter - increasingly activist, attuned to inequity, more likely than their elders to see far-reaching problems behind George Floyd's killing last May - is watching another case in which they have been anguished bystanders but also key witnesses and drivers of change. A White ex-police officer is in the hands of a court system that near-majorities of young adults have long viewed as unlikely to deliver justice free from racial bias.

For Gen Z, Floyd's case is "an orienting point for all their political values coming to life," said John Della Volpe, who directs polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and is writing a book on the "Zoomer" generation, often defined as those born from 1997 to 2012. "It's like Floyd being suffocated is almost a metaphor for millions of other vulnerable people not having the opportunity that White people have had in this country."

Jolt to a generation - Another Call-to-Action for Gen Z's - NAACP AZ youth & college division leader "expects to be out there protesting this summer regardless" of outcome

Read the rest of the first national article calling for a call-to-action with a college NAACP leader saying she's going to protest this summer.
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6 Takeaways From the First Week of the Derek Chauvin Trial
The first week of the murder trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis was marked by emotional accounts from bystanders who watched Mr. Chauvin pin George Floyd to the ground for more than nine minutes in May.

The prosecution presented testimony, often accompanied by tears and shaking voices, from people who were there during the fatal arrest of Mr. Floyd, along with hours of video evidence and additional testimony from paramedics and law enforcement officials who said that Mr. Chauvin's use of force was unnecessary.

Prosecutors also introduced the issue of Mr. Floyd's drug use, which is expected to be a crucial part of Mr. Chauvin's defense; Mr. Chauvin's lawyers are expected to argue that Mr. Floyd's death was a result of his drug use. The trial, one of the most viewed in decades, comes with the memory of last summer's protests for racial justice fresh in people's minds.

Here are six key points from the first week of the trial.

Lawyers outlined their opposing strategies.

Witnesses revealed a sense of shared trauma.

The fateful arrest was replayed from every angle.

The pivotal issue of drug use is directly addressed.

At the scene, there were no signs of life.

A tactic that was called 'deadly force.'

4/3/21: 'Totally Unnecessary': Veteran Police Officer Rebukes Derek Chauvin's Conduct
The longest-serving officer on the Minneapolis police force said Mr. Chauvin had violated department policy when he knelt on George Floyd for more than nine minutes.

Only a day earlier, another police official, who had directly supervised Mr. Chauvin, testified that Mr. Chauvin and two other officers should have stopped restraining Mr. Floyd sooner. And in the coming week the city's police chief, Medaria Arradondo, who has called Mr. Floyd's death a "murder," is also expected to condemn Mr. Chauvin's actions from the witness stand. nytimes.com

4/5/21: In Derek Chauvin Trial, ER Doctor Says George Floyd Likely Died From Lack of Oxygen
The emergency-room doctor who treated George Floyd said that a lack of oxygen was the most likely cause of Mr. Floyd's death based on evidence gathered that night.

On cross examination, Dr. Langenfeld said that certain drugs including fentanyl could cause a lack of oxygen to the heart. Fentanyl is one of the drugs found in Mr. Floyd's blood that night. wsj.com

Editor's Note: ER doctor didn't perform the autopsy, used the phrase "most likely," and said fentanyl could have caused lack of oxygen as well. Key points to remember later in the closing.

4/6/21: Chauvin used excessive force, unsanctioned technique,
police chief testifies
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testified Monday that fired officer Derek Chauvin used excessive force and defied his own training and the department's mission of compassion when he knelt on George Floyd's neck as Floyd pleaded for his life.

"Once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting - and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that - that should have stopped," Arradondo said after recounting department policy on when to use force vs. de-escalation tactics." startribune.com

Superiors Aware of Chauvin's "Questionable Decision-Making"
Chauvin trial again casts spotlight on MPD's training program
"Salty" training officers can quickly set a rogue example for rookies.

Over his 19 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, Derek Chauvin, the now-fired officer on trial in the death of George Floyd, racked up 17 misconduct complaints and was involved in four on-duty shootings or other fatal encounters.

Yet despite an ever-thickening personnel file, Chauvin continued to serve as a field training officer, or FTO, even mentoring one of the two rookie cops who first interacted with Floyd outside of a South Side convenience store last May. In body camera footage, some of which was played during testimony last week, that officer, J. Alexander Kueng, referred to Chauvin as "sir." The other officer, Thomas Lane, followed Chauvin's direction to stay put after he asked whether Floyd should be repositioned as they pinned him to the ground before he lost consciousness and died.

Revelations about Chauvin's history and his conduct on the day Floyd died have drawn further scrutiny of his training role even though his superiors were aware of his at-times questionable decision-making.

Critics have blamed the training program for fostering a culture of aggressive policing that stretches back decades.

"Duty to Intervene" - Questioning a senior officer - Ethical Policing Is Courageous, or EPIC - St. Paul Trained MPD Not Trained - 1st Ban on "Warrior-Style"

Chauvin Trial All on One Page: Continue Reading

Here's the entire case - Floyd died of cardiac arrest - Not asphyzia or lack of oxygen - But ruled a homicide
In the writer's opinion - if that stands Chuavin could walk free

Cause of death at issue in Chauvin trial as prosecution questions
medical examiner's findings
Prosecutors trying the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in George Floyd's death appeared to distance themselves last week from the medical findings on his cause of death, issued by the only doctor who performed an autopsy.

Special Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told jurors last Monday that while Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker ruled Floyd's cause of death cardiac arrest, prosecutors would prove he died of asphyxia, or, lack of oxygen, while Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.

"This was ... not a fatal heart event," Blackwell said in his opening statement. "He died one breath at a time over an extended period of time."

In a PowerPoint presentation during his opening statement, Blackwell displayed the names of six outside medical experts hired to help their case, including a forensic pathologist - Baker's job - whom Blackwell spoke about at length while mentioning Baker as an aside.

"What is unusual is that, to some extent, the battle of the experts is within the state's case instead of between the state and the defense."

Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, seized on the issue. To raise reasonable doubt, he told jurors in his opening statement, "The state was not satisfied with Dr. Baker's work so they have contracted with numerous physicians to contradict Dr. Baker's findings, and this will ultimately be another significant battle in this trial: What was Mr. Floyd's actual cause of death?"

He noted that Baker was the only person to perform an autopsy on Floyd.

"Dr. Baker found none of what are referred to as the telltale signs of asphyxiation," said Nelson.

Read more on how both sides may be depending to heavily on the medical side and the pros and cons for the prosecution.

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Floyd's Counterfeit $20 at Cup Foods
Cup Foods Clerk Offered to Cover the Counterfeit $20

Testimony at Derek Chauvin trial triggers talk of expectations for retail workers to stopping theft
Trial observers took to social media to voice their sympathy for Cup Foods clerk, saying he shouldn't have been put in that situation.

Cashier Christopher Martin thought something was off with the $20 bill a customer used to pay for cigarettes last May at the south Minneapolis convenience store where he worked. The bill was just a little too blue, and Martin decided to flag a manager.

Before long, Martin saw the customer, later known to the world as George Floyd, handcuffed on the pavement and pleading for breath under the restraint of Minneapolis police, the life draining from his body.

Martin, 19, paced outside anxiously looking on in "disbelief and guilt," he testified Wednesday in former police officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. "If I would have just not taken the bill, this could have been avoided."

Martin's gripping testimony triggered community discussions about retailers' expectations of employees to prevent theft. It also garnered sympathy for the young clerk who was thrust into an unenviable situation leading to Floyd's arrest.

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COVID Update

167M Vaccinations Given

US: 31.4M Cases - 569.2K Dead - 24M Recovered
Worldwide: 132.5M Cases - 2.8M Dead - 106.8M Recovered

Former Senior Loss Prevention Executive
Know of any fallen LP exec? Let's remember & recognize.

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 279   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 282
*Red indicates change in total deaths

Get 1st Dose in as many as possible NOW - Surge is Coming
Just Confirmed: COVID-19 variant spreads to all 50 US states, experts warn of vaccine shortages
The highly-contagious variant that first emerged in the United Kingdom has now spread to all 50 states - as experts warn that there are not enough vaccines on hand to prevent it from causing another surge in cases.

More than 15,000 cases have already been detected across the US of the B117 variant, which is believed to be more transmissible and deadlier than previous versions, CNN reported.

"We are not going to have enough vaccines, the way we are going, into the arms of enough Americans over the course of the next six to 10 weeks with this surge that we are going to stop it," Osterholm said. "It's just simply not going to happen."

"America appears to be done with the pandemic. The virus is not done with us."

"Right now with the surge that's about to occur, this is what we want to do right now is get as many people protected if only with the first dose, as we can so they don't get severe illnesses, hospitalizations and death," Osterholm said. nypost.com

Florida's Rising UK Variant - 4th Wave Hits MI, NY, New England

An apparent fourth wave of COVID-19 is centered in the East. Will it hit California?
What appears to be a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has struck Michigan, the New York region and New England, and experts are uncertain whether it will remain contained.

"The United States has entered a fourth wave of transmission, and there's no disputing this. Whether it remains as small regional outbreaks, or whether it generalizes nationwide remains to be seen," Dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist, said Friday at a campus town hall meeting.

Nationally, there has been an 8% week-over-week increase in the average daily number of newly diagnosed coronavirus cases, rising to about 62,000 for the seven-day period that ended Wednesday, federal officials said Friday. The average daily number of new hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients rose 5% over the same period.

California, where case numbers have dipped to levels not seen since the end of last spring, is in a much better situation. California has had a coronavirus test positivity rate of 1%-2% over the last week - compared with 16% in Michigan and 9% in New Jersey.

He and others have expressed concern about Florida, the state with the largest concentration of confirmed cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant, B.1.1.7, which is more transmissible and possibly more deadly than the conventional strain. Florida has no statewide mask mandate, and crowds of spring break revelers are prompting fears that travelers will further spread the U.K. variant around the nation. Florida over the last week had a positivity rate of 9%, and it is climbing.

"We're heading into the fourth surge. Cases are increasing. Variants are increasing. Variants are more deadly," Dr. Tom Frieden, a former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Saturday on ABC's "Good Morning America." latimes.com

Minnesota COVID-19 hospitalizations have nearly doubled since late Feb.
Many patients under 65; some instances of U.K. COVID variant detected.
Minnesota hospitals are caring for nearly twice as many COVID-19 patients as they did at the end of February following an increase in new coronavirus infections.

While still below the crisis levels of last fall, hospitals this time around are mostly treating COVID-19 patients who are younger than 65 now that 82.5% of the state's elderly have been vaccinated.

Some evidence suggests that highly infectious and possibly more serious COVID-19 variants are also responsible, sickening those at younger ages who would have otherwise not needed medical care. startribune.com

The Race Between the Vaccines & The Variants

CDC director walks tightrope on pandemic messaging
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky finds herself in a delicate position as she seeks to balance the optimism of increasing vaccinations with the reality that the U.S. is still very much in the grip of a deadly pandemic.

After weeks of decline and then stagnation, the rate of coronavirus infections has once again started to climb across much of the country. Cases are up about 12 percent nationally compared with the previous week, averaging around 62,000 cases per day, according to the CDC.

At the same time, nearly 100 million Americans have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Many states are expanding vaccine eligibility, in some instances to all adults, and federal health officials say there will be enough supply for everyone to be vaccinated by the end of May.

Walensky tried to emphasize both aspects this week when she issued an emotional appeal to the public.

"We have so much to look forward to, so much promise and potential of where we are, and so much reason for hope. But right now I'm scared," Walensky said, adding that she had a "sense of impending doom" if people continued to ignore public health precautions.

"Whiplash is a true reflection of how we're all experiencing the epidemic and the response to it. So I'd rather she be honest about that and others be honest about that than give people something that they want ... to make them feel better," said Judith Auerbach, a professor in the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine.

Auerbach said. "The science that says we all still need to be, in fact, quite scared because we're in this race between the vaccines ... versus the emergence of these variants, and she felt it at a visceral level, and she conveyed that in a way that I thought was quite telling." thehill.com

Regular Rounds of Booster Shots or Even New Vaccines?
The world is caught in a sprint between vaccines and variants

Virus Variants Threaten to Draw Out the Pandemic, Scientists Say
Declining infection rates overall masked a rise in more contagious forms of the coronavirus. Vaccines will stop the spread, if Americans postpone celebration just a bit longer.

In measurable ways, Americans are winning the war against the coronavirus. Powerful vaccines and an accelerating rollout all but guarantee an eventual return to normalcy - to backyard barbecues, summer camps and sleepovers.

But it is increasingly clear that the next few months will be painful. So-called variants are spreading, carrying mutations that make the coronavirus both more contagious and in some cases more deadly.

New variants have continued to pop up - in California one week, in New York and Oregon the next. As they take root, these new versions of the coronavirus threaten to postpone an end to the pandemic.
At the moment, most vaccines appear to be effective against the variants. But public health officials are deeply worried that future iterations of the virus may be more resistant to the immune response, requiring Americans to queue up for regular rounds of booster shots or even new vaccines.

Limited genetic testing has turned up more than 12,500 cases, many in Florida and Michigan. As of March 13, the variant accounted for about 27 percent of new cases nationwide, up from just 1 percent in early February.

The world is caught in a sprint between vaccines and variants, and the shots eventually will win, scientists say. But because each infection gives the coronavirus a chance to evolve still further, vaccinations in the United States and elsewhere must proceed as fast as possible. nytimes.com

McKinsey and Company
Innovation: Your launchpad out of the COVID-19 crisis
Crises are adrenaline for innovation. You must make decisions quickly under extremely uncertain conditions, and you never have enough time or information to fully weigh difficult choices that may affect both employee livelihoods and the survival of the business. Yet these very constraints can unleash waves of creativity. Necessity and urgency spur ideas and dissipate inertia. Leading innovators seize such conditions to reshape mindsets and behaviors, embracing the opportunity to uncover fresh solutions and make bold bets that can reignite growth.

While the COVID-19 crisis has not affected all sectors or geographies equally, the major discontinuities it has introduced across markets, customer behaviors, and ways of working and living mark an inflection point in history. Our research suggests organizations that innovate through crises by focusing on generating new growth versus simply weathering the storm outperform significantly over time. But leading your organization to a successful COVID-19 exit requires making fundamental shifts in mindsets-starting at the top.

Being a bold innovator is a choice that must be backed by a commitment. To put the organization on a new growth trajectory requires three actions:

Reallocating toward the future-place bets, backed by sufficient funds and people, on emerging profit pools while reassessing legacy decisions.

Embedding flexibility-reorganize around new, crisis-inspired ways of working.

Hacking processes-focus on outcomes rather than activities to increase speed.

Driving change of this magnitude has to be deliberate. To spearhead transformation-related initiatives and impose accountability that ensures the changes stick, organizations should create "reimagination teams" staffed with top emerging talent. Ultimately, however, it is the business leaders' responsibility to set the course, speed, and tone of the pivot that will deliver innovation-led growth. mckinsey.com

Editor's Note: This is exactly why and how the Daily was created in the middle of the Great Recession in February 2009. Shifted the small group 360 degrees and innovated. Now the trick is applying that to a Asset Protection, Loss Prevention, Cybersecurity function and or business. Just a thought - Gus Downing

SCOTUS: Post-Shift Security Checks Not Paid Ruling - Will This Pre-Shift Safety Requirement Get Paid?
Walmart Employees Want Back Pay for Covid Screening
A group of Walmart employees have alleged that the company failed to pay them for time spent in mandatory COVID-19 screenings before each shift, in violation of Arizona law (Arrison, et al. v. Walmart, Inc. and Wal-Mart Associates, Inc., No. 2:21-cv-00481 (D. Ariz, March 22, 2021)).

The workers claimed that it took about 10 to 15 minutes to wait in line and undergo the screening and that they were not permitted to clock in during that time. The plaintiffs alleged that Walmart has shown that the time should have been compensated because in November 2020, it began adding five minutes to each employee's daily recorded time to partially compensate for the screening.

Workers had to arrive before their scheduled shift to complete a questionnaire, screening and body temperature scan.

Last summer that a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court case, Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, may prove useful: The court held that post-shift security checks for warehouse workers were not "principle activities" and, as a result, are not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act. hrdive.com

Europe Locks Down Again

Much of Europe, beset by variants, is also back under lockdowns
Though less stringent ones than during the first round of global shutdowns in March and April of last year.

France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Italy, among others, have all issued increased restrictions on movement and meetings with Easter events in mind. (Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on May 2.)

In France, people cannot travel more than six miles from their home except in certain exempted cases under rules that took effect Saturday. Yet President Emmanuel Macron said the restrictions would be less strictly enforced over the Easter weekend.

Belgium has barred nonessential travel from outside the country, though it has allowed movement to continue within.

In Italy, the country has been classed as a high-risk "red zone," which means people are banned from traveling beyond their home regions for Easter celebrations.

Authorities in Britain just eased restrictions after a three-month-long lockdown. washingtonpost.com

Canada's Locked Down Again

Ontario Canada Emergency Lock Down for 4 Weeks
'This is a new pandemic. We are now fighting a new enemy.'
Ontario declared a four-week state of emergency after hitting a record for the number of Covid-19 patients in intensive care, driven by virus strains that are more contagious and dangerous. Supermarkets and pharmacies will operate at 50%$ capacity and other retailers at 25%. No in-house dining only takeout and delivery starting April 3rd. bloomberg.com

Spring Break Super Spreader Hit B.C. Canada
B.C. is implementing a three-week "circuit breaker"-style lockdown
Introducing sweeping new restrictions on indoor dining in restaurants, group fitness and worship services. B.C. is tightening restrictions for the first time since November. "We have seen the start of exponential growth," said Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. "We have seen increased cases because of spring break travel - that has meant a rapid rise in cases," said Henry. cbc.ca

Canada Urged Against In-Person Easter Gatherings Outside of One's household, Particularly Indoors

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Health & Safety Technology

The Role of Technology in a Post-Pandemic World
A look back at how technology has helped worker health and safety during COVID-19 and imagining its role in the future.

Health and safety professionals have had to adapt almost overnight, with the federal and local government creating COVID-19 workplace safety guidelines in a matter of weeks, many of which that have continued to evolve and are still in place today.

Some of these changes are temporary, such as the need for social distancing. Others may be more fundamental and long term, such as the need for better air filtration systems in office buildings or the use of contactless cards to gain entry. These long-term adaptations will improve worker safety and help us in the event of future pandemics.

One demand that is shared by virtually all workplaces-particularly those on the frontline-is the need for safe communication. Typically, these industries might have relied on push-to-talk radios or intercom systems to relay critical information, but in a post-COVID-19 world, these technologies come with associated risk. Continue Reading

Not So Fast - Don't Fly For 2 Weeks After Last Shot
Doctors advise against traveling immediately after your vaccination. Here's why.
Vaccinated individuals should wait at least two weeks after their last shot, according to doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, some countries and cruise lines are echoing the call for vaccinated travelers to delay their visits.

Medical experts say the two-week time frame allows the vaccine to do its job. "Our bodies need that time to develop both antibody and cellular immune responses, which are critical for protection," washingtonpost.com

As businesses think about the pandemic's end, a new job is emerging:
director of remote work

Kroger to shut down three more Southern California stores over 'Hero Pay' ordinance
Pico Blvd Ralphs & Beverwill Drive Ralphs & Food 4 Less in East Hollywood

Cartels Retail Store

Third Time in Southern California
Operating in Plain View for 2 or 3 Years

Strip Center Store - 'Private Vaults' For Drugs, Guns & Money
Advertised for Criminals - Biometrically Secure - Hidden From Authorities

Beverly Hills store let criminals stash guns, drugs and cash in vault at strip mall, prosecutors say
When federal agents descended on a Beverly Hills strip mall last month, it took them five days to seize the contents of hundreds of safe deposit boxes inside a store called U.S. Private Vaults.

On Friday, the government revealed why it was so interested in the seemingly mundane business wedged between a nail salon and a spa: It was laundering money for drug dealers and letting them stash guns, fentanyl and stacks of $100 bills in security boxes that were rented anonymously, prosecutors alleged.

In an indictment against U.S. Private Vaults, Inc., the U.S. attorney for Los Angeles accused the company of marketing itself deliberately to attract criminals, saying it brazenly promoted itself as a place customers could store valuables with confidence that tax authorities would be hard-pressed to learn their identities or what was stored in their locked boxes. To access the facility, customers needed no identification; it took just an eye and hand scan to unlock the door.

"The government seized the nests of safety deposit boxes because there was overwhelming evidence that USPV was a criminal business that conspired with its criminal clients to distribute drugs, launder money, and structure transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements, among other offenses," they said in papers filed in Los Angeles federal court.

The search, prosecutors claimed, turned up an unspecified number of weapons, along with fentanyl, OxyContin and "huge stacks of $100 bills" sniffed out by drug dogs. One box allegedly contained $1 million in cash.

U.S. Private Vaults shared its storefront with Gold Business, a jewelry and precious metals dealer that was named as a co-conspirator.

"But the majority of the box holders are criminals who used USPV's anonymity to hide their ill-gotten wealth," he wrote. latimes.com

Talk about a store going 'dark' - Micro-fulfillment for the drug industry
What a distribution system. Load them up from the back and they all come running to pick up their orders. Wonder if they were thinking about curb-side pic-up?

Virtually every year we see the cartels operating in LA. So tell me this wasn't Cartel approved, supplied, operated and supported. Right there in their backyard.

Usually in the fashion district but this time in a strip center obviously as a distribution center with all the security benefits any other retailer enjoys

An informant led them to it after 2 or 3 years. But it also means they had set it up shortly after The DEA and FBI shut down the fashion district apparel stores.

But this one had all the bells and whistles with safety deposit boxes. Total security for the traffickers. Wow

And regretfully the bust won't make a dent. As they relocate and pop up some where else. As there's just to much money involved.

But you've got to give them credit on this one. A complete secured distribution network with 100% security for the drugs the cash and the guns. -Gus Downing

The Daily Previous Coverage of Cartels Operating in Retail in Southern Calif.

From 2014 to today - Thousands of law enforcement have been involved. With the one Fashion District case in 2014 still ongoing.

Sept. 11, 2014:

Nearly 1,000 federal & local officers raided over 70 shops in LA's Fashion District for money laundering Mexican drug cartel money - $65M seized Wed. morning

Oct. 24, 2014
U.S. agents scrambling to figure out how retail stores & businesses in LA's Fashion District laundered millions for drug cartels

Jan. 3, 2018
LA Fashion District Textile Co. & 2 Owners Plead Guilty - Laundering Drug Cartel $$
Case Started When 1,000 Officers Raided Fashion District Businesses in Sept. 2014

Dec. 15, 2020
2014 LA Fashion District Raids & Investigation Continues: Cartel Drug Money Laundering & Undervaluing $62 Million in Goods - Continued After 2014 Raids

Two Miami Owners of 15 Retail Pharmacies Arrested for Their Alleged Role in $8 Million Scheme to Defraud Prescription Drug Coupon Programs
William Clero, 44 and Cesar Armando Perez Amador, 51, residents of Miami, Florida, were arrested today for their alleged participation in a scheme to defraud prescription drug cost savings (coupon) programs offered by pharmaceutical manufacturers to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for consumers.

Clero and Perez were the beneficial owners of 15 retail pharmacies located in Miami, Florida, and concealed their ownership and control of the pharmacies by enlisting "nominee" owners. It is alleged that from approximately December 2014 through February 2021, Clero and Perez submitted and caused the submission of fraudulent claims for reimbursement to prescription drug coupon programs that falsely and fraudulently represented that prescription drugs had been prescribed by physicians and were being dispensed to patients by the pharmacies. As a result of the scheme, prescription drug coupon programs paid more than $8 million to the pharmacies. justice.gov

New Illinois Law Protects Workers with Criminal Records
Multistate employers should take note, review their adverse action notices
"The law amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to make it a state civil rights violation for employers to use an individual's criminal conviction record in any employment decision, unless there is a substantial relationship between the offense and the individual's employment, or hiring or continuing to employ the individual would pose an unreasonable risk to property or the safety of others," said Schuyler Ferguson, an attorney in Miller Canfield's Detroit office.

The state had already enacted a "ban-the-box" law that bars employers from rejecting job applicants based on arrest records or inquiring about an applicant's criminal history until later stages of the application process.

"These mitigating factors mirror those outlined in the EEOC's 2012 Enforcement Guidance-which courts have rejected the EEOC's ability to enforce-that have been adopted in a number of ban-the-box laws around the country," shrm.org

McKinsey and Company
The new landscape of risk
With catastrophic events on the rise, companies face nonlinear shifts to their risk-return profiles. Here's how to prepare. Going to extremes: Risks are now more frequent - and more intense when they occur.

Surprised? Some risks are more predictable than others. Prioritize the ones that could bring an existential crisis to your company. Great infographic walks you through simple overview and analysis: mckinsey.com

Teamsters Union Voted Out (16-2) of Third Logistics Facility - @ XPO Logistics - in New Jersey
This is the third XPO Teamsters unit in the past 15 months to have decertified representation by the Teamsters. The others were in Aurora, Illinois, and Laredo, Texas. XPO currently lists approximately 210 employees out of a 46,000-member workforce as being represented by the Teamsters.

The vote to decertify the Teamsters at the XPO facility comes not long after a similar vote at KWK Trucking, a small DHL-affiliated delivery service in Southern California. The Teamsters did not challenge that election, a lack of action that the Right to Work foundation viewed as a direct result of changes in federal law regarding the ability to make such challenges.

"Union bosses take every chance they get to maintain control over workers, even when they are overwhelmingly opposed by those they claim to represent," Mark Mix, National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation president, said in a prepared statement. freightwaves.com

2021 May Be Looking a Lot Better

All the Indicators Headed in the Right Direction
Now it's a Case of the Tail Catching Up With the Dog

Consumer confidence jumps to highest level in a year
"Consumer Confidence increased to its highest level since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020," Consumers' assessment of current conditions and their short-term outlook improved significantly, an indication that economic growth is likely to strengthen further in the coming months. " said said Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators at The Conference Board.

Consumers' assessment of current conditions improved significantly in March. The percentage of consumers claiming business conditions are "good" increased from 16.1% to 18.5%, while the proportion claiming business conditions are "bad" fell from 39.7% to 30.5%. Consumers' assessment of the labor market also improved. Consumers' optimism about the short-term outlook improved considerably. Consumers' outlook regarding the job market was also more favorable. chainstoreage.com

Strongest DOL Job Report Friday Since Pandemic
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 916,000 in March, and the unemployment rate edged down to 6.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. These improvements in the labor market reflect the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Job growth was widespread in March, led by gains in leisure and hospitality, public and private education, and construction.

#1 Group: In March, employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 280,000, as pandemic-related restrictions eased in many parts of the country. Nearly two-thirds of the increase was in food services and drinking places (+176,000). Job gains also occurred in arts, entertainment, and recreation (+64,000) and in accommodation (+40,000). Employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 3.1 million, or 18.5 percent, since February 2020.

#6 Group: Transportation and warehousing added 48,000 jobs in March. Includes e-commerce, delivery, couriers.

#9 Group: Employment in wholesale trade increased by 24,000 in March.

#10 Group: Retail trade added 23,000 jobs in March. Job growth in clothing and clothing accessories stores (+16,000), motor vehicle and parts dealers (+13,000), and furniture and home furnishing stores (+6,000) was partially offset by losses in building material and garden supply stores (-9,000) and general merchandise stores (-7,000). Employment in retail trade is 381,000 below its February 2020 level. bls.gov

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Senior Director, Asset Protection for Macy's Herald Square & NYC
As Senior Director, Asset Protection you will serve as subject matter expert in the following areas: shortage, fraud, investigations, legal compliance, and training. Create and implement AP strategies in partnership with VP, Asset Protection. Manage, direct, & deploy District Managers of Investigations (DMIs) to support districts & stores. Perform other duties as assigned. oraclecloud.com

Senior Director of Risk Management, Loss Prevention, and Safety for Goodwill Industries Of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Under the supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, manages all risk, occupational safety, loss prevention, workers compensation, and internal process auditing. Major duties include the performance of analysis, assessment, and training for: safety, risk management, loss prevention, and workers compensation insurance, accidents, and safety policies, in general. Conducts and drafts operational reports for management analysis of risk management, safety, and loss prevention. indeed.com

Editor's Note: Of truly special note here is that two Goodwill divisions are led by Presidents who are former Loss Prevention executives.

Loss Prevention Director for Rent One, in St. Louis, MO - 100+ stores in 10 states
The Loss Prevention Director is on the front like of defense to identify and prevent theft of cash and merchandise. A great Loss Prevention Director is driven, has outstanding analytical skills, and isn't afraid to dig in and find the truth. This position is never boring and requires extensive travel throughout the nation's heartland. itnhire.com

Director, Safety & Loss Control job posted for Marsh and McLennan
in Fort Lauderdale, FL
This leadership position has overall responsibility for delivering risk consulting services including strategically developing, directing, and implementing loss prevention programs, training and OSHA compliance services. careers.mmc.com

Amazon Explored Opening Home Goods, Electronics Discount Stores

Staples Won't Give Up Trying to Buy Office Depot

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EAS Tag Recirculation: Apparel Source Tagging for Today's Retailers

Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Source Tagging and EAS Tag Recirculation are playing a large role in the evolution of retail logistics and loss prevention. Retailers realize that in-store tagging is very expensive, time consuming, and highly inefficient, and they are looking toward solutions that move EAS tagging to the most economical place in the logistics chain - out of the store, and back toward where the merchandise is manufactured.

Enterprising early adopters, such as Kohl's, Gap, Inc., Zara and bebe have proven that EAS Tag Recirculation provides important benefits, including:

● Predictable cost of operating an EAS program.
● No capital requirements for additional EAS tags.
● Merchandise arrives at stores source tagged, secure and floor ready.
● More tagging consistency, less apparel damage.
● Maximum tagging protection during peak inventory periods.
● No customer issues with tag pollution, when un-deactivated EAS sewn-in labels set off alarms.
● No environmental issues caused by the non-degradable components of disposable labels.
● More security and better shortage reduction results than with sewn-in or disposable EAS.
● Cash rebates for the return of tags and pins.

By implementing EAS Tag Recirculation, retailers achieve higher levels of efficiency and customer satisfaction through this sustainable, innovative growth program spearheaded by their loss prevention department.






Destination Maternity Customer Data Exposed in Breach
The retailer publicly disclosed it experienced a "cyber event that impacted certain information technology systems" on March 20, 2021.

The breach affected Destination Maternity's network and customer database. This database contains information such as customer names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and potentially due dates if that information was provided to Destination Maternity by customers. However, the retailer said it does not store customer Social Security or credit card numbers, and other financial information and this type of information was not impacted by this event. risnews.com

Crime Insur. Policy May End Up Covering Ransom Payment
Indiana Supreme Court Revives Insured's Case for Ransomware-Related Coverage Under Commercial Crime Policy
The Indiana Supreme Court, applying Indiana law, has held that an insured may be entitled to coverage for a ransom payment under a commercial crime policy if the circumstances of the attack "fraudulently caused" the insured to make the payment. The court also held that the ransom payment resulted "directly" from the use of a computer. G&G Oil Co. of Ind., Inc. v. Continental W. Ins. Co., 2021 WL 1034982 (Ind. Mar. 18, 2021). jdsupra.com

Black Hat Help Wanted Ads 'Flooding Hacking Forums'

Booming dark web gig economy is a rising threat
Experts seen a sharp increase in help-wanted ads for black hat hackers-for-hire. Here's what they are targeting and how to respond to the threat.

"I need a site hacker for $2,000," "Break this site for $10K," "Can you collect information from our competitors' websites?" or "Can you delete reviews? Budget $300."

Posts like these, in which individuals try to hire black hats, have flooded some of the most active hacking forums on the dark web. Most such messages are about attacking websites, buying and selling customer databases, or gaining access to corporate web resources. Most people want to buy, but a few also sell. Both new and experienced cyber criminals advertise what they can offer, revealing their expertise and their willingness to break the law.

Researchers at security company Positive Technologies analyzed the top ten most notorious forums on the dark web, and said that, in the past year, they have seen an increase in posts like these. More than eight million users are registered on these forums and have published over 80 million messages in total.

"We looked at hacking services that would present a threat to the security of corporate websites or web applications," Vadim Solovyev, senior information security analyst, says. "We have noticed a surge of interest in website hacking and on the dark web which has intensified as more employees switched to working remotely. csoonline.com

"H2 2020 Fraud Report" - Sophisticated" Cyber Attacks doubled from
the first half of 2020
According to the "H2 2020 Fraud Report" from Mastercard company NuData Security, 76% of cyberattacks in the retail industry were categorized as sophisticated in the second half of 2020, compared to only 38% in the first half of 2020. NuData classifies a sophisticated attack as using advanced scripts that emulate human behavior to evade detection, compared to a basic attack using a stereotypical bot that may repeat the same IP address or not execute any JavaScript.
The study also examined digital traffic patterns in retail and e-commerce during the second half of 2020, finding that the typical September-October lull in traffic from bad actors did not occur until November. NuData advises that this longer period of holiday attacks is a reminder that cybercriminals don't always follow expected seasonal trends, making it vital to have security that is scalable across the year.

In addition, more than 90% of cyberattack traffic in retail and e-commerce during the second half of 2020. According to NuData, attacks at login tend to be high-volume, as they often cycle through long lists of credentials to see which ones work. By contrast, attacks taking place after login - at rewards, purchase, or checkout - tend to be more targeted, with attackers using credentials they have already tested. This leads to lower-volume attacks, but a potentially higher success rate.

Overall, valid retail and e-commerce account creation traffic volume was 30% higher throughout 2020 than it was the year before, as consumers increased their use of online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To review full report: https://nudatasecurity.com/resources/reports/2020-h2-fraud-risk-at-a-glance-report/

Requiring Companies to Report Breaches
After SolarWinds, Lawmakers Want Companies to Come Clean About Cyberattacks
Companies fear liability. Privacy activists fear government overreach. Congress fears opening doors to nation-state attackers

The hack of companies and federal agencies through compromised software from SolarWinds Corp. has breathed new life into an old idea: The U.S. must require businesses to report cyberattacks.

Lawmakers are examining how to craft such legislation after executives and government officials told Congress in recent weeks that details on how hackers penetrated their defenses could help the government and companies thwart nation-state hacks.

But structuring such requirements is contentious. While companies welcome disclosures from other organizations, some fear detailing their own incidents could fuel bad press and investor panic, yield legal trouble and give hackers information to use in future attacks.

Separately, Rep. Jim Langevin (D., R.I.) is fine-tuning two proposals in a pincer-like approach to the issue, an aide said. One rule would require a broad array of businesses to report specific incidents, such as personal data theft and ransomware, Mr. Langevin's aide said. The other would mandate much more data-sharing from organizations that operate infrastructure deemed critical to national security.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 allows companies to share details about threats with the Department of Homeland Security under liability and confidentiality shields. But a report last year by the DHS inspector general found that only nine of 252 participants in the program in 2018 voluntarily handed over information. wsj.com

Ransomware Gangs Starting to Hit Smaller Trucking Companies
Amid cyberattacks, how does the supply chain stay resilient?
Companies can take steps to ensure hackers don't deliver knockout punch

In many corners of the supply chain, especially small trucking companies, cybersecurity is new territory. But it's one that is increasingly important as the same ransomware gangs that hit massive transportation and logistics companies also victimize tiny carriers. freightwaves.com

LinkedIn Phishing Ramps Up With More-Targeted Attacks
Seeking to take advantage of out-of-work users, malware groups continue to use LinkedIn and business services to offer fictional jobs and deliver infections instead. darkreading.com

Senior Job
Cloud Security Director job posted for McKinsey & Company in New York City, NY
Background as a cloud security architect or engineer required. Expert level experience with cloud security, platforms, and services, including working knowledge of cloud-native security products and tools in major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, others) and awareness of leading security players. FedRamp and Hitrust certifications a must. Strong dev-ops/continuous delivery and automation expertise to manage transition to DevSecOps. ivyexec.com



eBay Taking Leadership Role - 1st Tech to Join UK's
Stop Scams UK new group

UK anti-fraud group increases pressure on Big Tech to fight scams

Online marketplace eBay offers support to new alliance as MPs and police urge sector to do more

An unusual alliance of big banks and telecoms companies is trying to convince tech giants to help them fight financial fraud in the UK, adding to pressure after MPs, police and regulators all called on the industry to do more.

Online marketplace eBay has become the first major tech group to say it is open to joining Stop Scams UK, a new group backed by all of the country's big banks and telecoms groups including Vodafone and BT, as the sector faces a growing threat of legislation to force them to take action.

UK consumers lost more than £1.2bn to fraud in 2020, according to figures published by trade group UK Finance last month.

Executives at several of the UK's largest banks have privately lobbied groups including Amazon over the past year but made little progress. However, they are hopeful that a broader group such as SSUK will encourage them to change.

Ebay told the Financial Times it was "open to supporting Stop Scams UK", though stressed that conversations were in their early stages. Facebook said that "we have met with and continue to engage with Stop Scams UK", and highlighted several of its own recent internal anti-fraud projects. ft.com




Thousands of Businesses Unite to Fight Amazon
Amazon says effort could get them forced out of online stores

Amazon Is the Target of Small-Business Antitrust Campaign
National coalition of small businesses to push for more-forceful antitrust measures, saying Amazon competes unfairly

Merchant groups are forming a national coalition to campaign for stricter antitrust laws, including measures they hope could force Amazon.com to spin off some of its business lines.

The effort is being launched Tuesday by trade groups that represent small hardware stores, office suppliers, booksellers, grocers and others, along with business groups from 12 cities, organizers say. Merchants plan to push their congressional representatives for stricter antitrust laws and tougher enforcement of existing ones.

The groups, which collectively represent thousands of businesses, want federal legislation that would prevent the owner of a dominant online marketplace from selling its own products in competition with other sellers, a policy that could effectively separate Amazon's retail product business from its online marketplace.

The merchant groups also want tougher enforcement of competition laws and legal changes that would make it easier for the government to win antitrust lawsuits against big companies. Amazon's response could be viewed as a veil threat: the company's critics "are suggesting misguided interventions in the free market that would kill off independent retailers and punish consumers by forcing small businesses out of popular online stores, raising prices, and reducing consumer choice and convenience."

Members of the coalition, dubbed Small Business Rising, include the National Grocers Association, the American Booksellers Association and the Alliance for Pharmacy Compounding. wsj.com

Amazon's #peegate, a self-inflicted PR Disaster
Last Wednesday, Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin U.S. congressman, tweeted, "Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles"-which was itself a response to a tweet from Dave Clark, Amazon's CEO Worldwide Consumer, claiming that Amazon is a progressive workplace.

Anyway, Amazon's Friday follow-up rambled on a bit about how its "tweet was incorrect" and "did not receive proper scrutiny"-and that "we know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed. This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon."

What Amazon didn't acknowledge is the white-hot rage that its attempted clapback at Rep. Pocan had caused. On March 25, because of that snarky @amazonnews tweet, "Amazon News" became a trending topic on Twitter, with thousands of tweets piling on the retailer for, among other things, "gaslighting" its workers and the Twittersphere.

One big problem with Amazon's apology post is that it attempts to suggest that the "peeing in bottles thing" is only a problem with its delivery workers. "A typical Amazon fulfillment center has dozens of restrooms," the post asserts, "and employees are able to step away from their work station at any time. If any employee in a fulfillment center has a different experience, we encourage them to speak to their manager and we'll work to fix it."

But a lengthy, front-page Reddit discussion over the weekend drew plenty of comments begging to differ, including this one from an Amazon fulfillment center worker:

As someone who was personally reprimanded for being off task for 6 minutes for the purpose of walking to one of the 2 male restrooms at a fulfillment center, using it to number 2, and return... When I advised that the alternative was shitting my pants, I was advised that, without a medical accommodation, I was expected to limit restroom use to one of my two 15 minute breaks or my 30 minute lunch (per 10 hour shift). So yeah, able to? Technically correct. Able to without reprimand? Outlook points to 'bullshit'.

Flashback: An April 23, 2018 tweet by Nigel Flanagan, a UK-based union organizer, that uses the hashtag #peegate in reference to a strike among Amazon workers in Berlin-and includes a graphic that shows a water bottle next to the headline, "Hey Alexa, why are Amazon workers using this as a bathroom?"

Amazon originally denied the claim. "You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?" the company responded on Twitter. "If that were true, nobody would work for us."

Amazon's mea culpa admits that the original response was wrong. "It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers." But, the company added: "This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon." No word yet on how Amazon will solve the problem, other than to report "[we] will look for solutions." nypost.com adage.com

Kroger to double digital sales by end of 2023




Using Stores POS Terminals to Process Refunds
Second Defendant in $6 Million Retail Refund Fraud Scheme Sentenced
to 12.5 Years in Prison
According to court documents, between July 2017 and February 2019, Monica Nunes, 41, conspired with Johnathon Ward and Talalima Toilolo to defraud financial institutions using a scheme that exploited the merchant refund process used by businesses and retail establishments to refund customers for returns, reimbursements, and erroneous charges.

The defendants committed this scheme by stealing or purchasing point-of-sale (POS) terminals used by businesses to process bankcard transactions. The defendants programmed each terminal to make it appear as if it was authorized by a particular retail merchant, connected the terminals to payment processing intermediaries, and executed refund transactions even though no purchases had been made. The payment processors, falsely believing the terminals were authorized, approved the refunds and caused the merchants' payment processors to transfer funds to the defendants' fraudulent accounts. The defendants then drained the stolen funds from the accounts and distributed them among members of the conspiracy.

Nunes has extensive experience with refund fraud and served as an organizer and manager over the conspiracy. She taught other members how to use POS terminals to defraud merchants and their banks. For example, in July 2017 while she was incarcerated, she mailed letters to co‑conspirators, teaching them how to use POS terminals to perpetrate the scheme and advising them to connect with one of the defendants.

A former resident of Union City, Morrison England Jr., was sentenced last Thursday to 12 years and seven months in prison for a conspiracy to commit a bank fraud scheme that attempted to defraud financial institutions of more than $4.3 million.

On Feb. 11, 2021, Talalima Toilolo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his participation in the scheme.

Judge England also awarded over $1.7 million in restitution to victims of Nunes's refund fraud. This amount reflected proceeds that the conspiracy was able to successfully withdraw from accounts that were funded by the fraudulent refunds. justice.gov

Over 130+ Burglaries & Stolen Millions in Property
NY Burglary Crew of 4 Indicted Stealing Millions in Vehicles, Cell Phones
& Other Merchandise
A 13-count superseding indictment that charges four men with federal offenses related to their alleged theft of millions of dollars in vehicles, phones, ATMs and other merchandise from numerous locations in Connecticut, New York and elsewhere. Charges JOSEPHER Y. CARTAGENA, 25, of the Bronx, N.Y.; ALEXANDER J. SANTIAGO, 26, of the Bronx; DOUGLAS NOBLE, 27, of the Bronx, and JUSTIN J. HERRERA, 21, formerly of Levittown, N.Y.

Cartagena, Santiago, Noble and Herrera are members of a theft ring that burglarized car dealerships, mobile phone stores, and check cashing businesses in Connecticut and elsewhere, often burglarizing multiple locations in one night. From dealerships, they stole vehicle key fobs and vehicles; from mobile phone stores, they stole cell phones, electronics and other merchandise; from check cashing businesses, they stole ATMs. They then transported the stolen property back to New York, often escaping from police by engaging the police in high-speed chases, which the police must terminate for safety reasons.

Members of the theft ring are suspected to have committed more than 130 burglaries and stolen millions of dollars in property.

Investigators apprehended Cartagena late Dec. 23, 2020 after an all-day search. A court-authorized search of Cartagena's residence revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars of suspected stolen merchandise, more than 30 vehicle key fobs, various license plates, 9mm ammunition, and approximately $89,000 in cash. Santiago was arrested, and a search of the residence revealed approximately 20 new cell phones in boxes, approximately 40 vehicle key fobs, a police radio, a glass-punch device, two firearms and a substantial amount of ammunition. Herrera was arrested in Florida, where he had recently moved, on March 10, 2021. justice.gov

Multi-State ORC Gang Hit Lowe's For Over $450,000
South Carolina Man Pleads Guilty In Scheme Involving Fraudulent Business Accounts That Defrauded Lowe's Of More Than $450,000
Bobby Cherry, 58, of Manning, South Carolina, appeared before U.S. Magistrate last Thursday and pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, for his role in a scheme that defrauded Lowe's of more than $450,000.

Cherry and his two co-defendants, Russell Leroy Calvin and Michael Marcel Montgomery, along with other co-conspirators, defrauded Lowe's through a scheme involving fraudulent business accounts. According to court records, Cherry and his co-defendants created fictional landscaping and home improvement companies to open fraudulent business accounts with Lowe's, which they then used to make multiple purchases at stores in the Charlotte area and throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Court records show that, once the fraudulent business accounts were approved and funded, the codefendants used them to purchase expensive landscaping equipment, such as zero turn mowers and other items. In total, during the course of the scheme, the co-conspirators opened at least 25 such fraudulent business accounts which they used to obtain more than $450,000 in fraudulently purchased goods. The scheme involved local Lowe's stores in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Lincoln, Cleveland, and Iredell Counties.

Cherry pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Michael Marcel Montgomery pleaded guilty to the same charge on February 1, 2021. A sentencing date for Cherry and Montgomery has not been set. The charges against the third co-defendant, Russell Leroy Calvin, are still pending, and Calvin is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. justice.gov

Des Plaines, IL: Former Sysco Food Service employee charged with $100,000 theft
Des Plaines Police were contacted by the loss prevention manager for Sysco Food Service, 250 Wieboldt Dr. concerning a suspected theft of over $100,000. A representative of the company told police that Hector Vargas, 40, was employed with the company between July 14, 2017 and July 18, 2019 and is suspected of failing to report transactions. The manager further explained that during an audit a large sum of money was unaccounted for. It was further stated that while the company continued to investigate it was learned that Vargas failed to report transactions on his hand-held device which led to him allegedly stealing the money from the company, said police. Vargas, the report added, was confronted by the company and terminated in 2019 shortly before the incident being reported to police. Through follow up investigation on March 31 at 2 p.m., detectives arrested Vargas for Theft Over $100,000. journal-topics.com

Racine, WI: Man charged in Regency Mall jewelry store burglary; over $40,000 in merchandise and cash
Police were called to Regency Mall around 12:30 a.m. on March 29 after a motion alarm was triggered. When they arrived, officers found smashed glass and saw a man -- later identified as Powell -- exiting a coffee shop.A criminal complaint states Powell ran when saw the officers in the hallway. Officers gave chase and eventually detained Powell at a pretzel kiosk. When officers told Powell they were going to start checking stores, the complaint states Powell said he had going into a jewelry store. Police searched Powell and uncovered roughly 200 pieces of jewelry and more than $400 cash. He also had a hammer and screwdriver. At the jewelry store, police noted Powell appeared to have only targeted locked jewelry cabinets, which seemed to be smashed open with a hammer, according to the complaint. Police estimated the value of the stolen property to be $40,000. The complaint states Powell caused an estimated $700 in damage to the surveillance system and door of the coffee shop. fox6now.com

Ononidaga County, NY: Syracuse man facing $10,000 larceny charges after using fake barcodes at Home Depot self-checkout
The Home Depot Loss Prevention Office contacted State Police after they discovered Gordon was creating barcodes for lower priced items, and then scanned the fake barcodes at the self-checkout. An investigation determined Gordon did this 28 times between November 2020 and February 2021 at stores in DeWitt, Camillus, Clay, Auburn, Cicero, and Watertown, with the thefts totaling more than $10,000 overall. localsyr.com

San Francisco, CA: Man sentenced to 6 months in $1200 electronics theft from West Marine

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Shootings & Deaths

Houston, TX: Father shot to death in front of 10-year-old daughter during robbery in Marq-E parking lot
A 37-year-old man died after he was robbed and shot while heading to his car with his daughter in the parking lot of the Marq-E Entertainment Center in west Houston Sunday night, police said. Around 10 p.m. officers responded to a shooting call at 7620 Katy Freeway, the address of the Marq-E. The victim, identified by police as Miguel Vasquez, was walking to his vehicle so he could drive to the door to pick up his wife at Dave and Buster's, when the robbers approached him, demanded money, then shot him, HPD Lt. Christopher Bruce said. Vasquez's 10-year-old daughter was with him at the time, and saw her father's shooting. She was not injured, according to police. Vasquez ran for help to off-duty officers working security. They called EMS and transported the Vasquez to the hospital, where he died. Officials do not believe the robbers got away with anything. abc13.com

Atlantic City, NJ: AC Boardwalk Store owner dies following an Armed Robbery
Prosecutors are investigating the death of a store owner on the Atlantic City boardwalk who collapsed after he was allegedly threatened by a knife-wielding 12-year-old boy. news.yahoo.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police shoot, kill armed robbery suspect outside Gas Station in west Phoenix
An armed robbery suspect is dead after being shot by a police officer in west Phoenix, according to authorities. Police said the suspect was at a gas station about 8 p.m. Saturday when officers arrived on the scene.  tucson.com

Boulder, CO: Police turn King Soopers back over to store following shooting investigation
Boulder police announced Monday that the King Soopers store where 10 people were killed last month was being turned back over to the grocer. However, the store will remain closed to the public. King Soopers spokesperson Kelli McGannon told the Daily Camera last week that no plans have been made to reopen the store, and that priority has been placed on employees' physical and mental well-being. "We have not even talked about the building yet," McGannon told the Daily Camera. "Right now all of our focus has been on our people." The mass shooting happened 14 days ago on March 22. The suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was taken into custody and appeared in court March 25. Alissa is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. denverpost.com

Murray, UT: 7-Eleven Customer reportedly fired 6 shots at store clerk. He missed.
A dispute over a declined credit card at a Millcreek convenience store almost turned deadly - but the man who reportedly fired six shots at the shop clerk missed. According to police, two men tried to buy several items at the 7-Eleven at 4051 S. State St. shortly before 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The credit card was declined all three times the clerk ran it. One of the men "began showing the cashier his middle finger," the Unified Police Department wrote in a probable cause statement, and the other man "produced a handgun and fired six rounds at the cashier," narrowly missing him. Police were able to identify the car one of the suspects was driving, located him at his home and arrested him. sltrib.com

Laurens County, GA: Police searching for known suspect in a murder outside C-Store


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Concord, NC: Fired Walmart Associate Plows Through store on Good Friday
A man was fired from Walmart and then took matters into his own hands, ramming a car into the retail giant's doors 32-year-old Lacy Gentry drove his vehicle into the Wal-Mart in Concord, NC on Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at approximately 5:59 a.m. This was clearly not a good Friday for Walmart. Lacy was recently fired from Walmart and then all hell broke loose. Lacy retaliated by driving his car right through the glass doors of Walmart. Now he is without a job and in jail. newsmaven.io

Rochester, NY: Man Sentenced To Over 21 Years In Prison For Armed Robbery Of Cell Phone Store

Boston, MA: Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of Brockton Cell Phone Store

Beavercreek, OH: Man sentenced to 3 years for CVS Aggravated Robbery



Romanian Skimming Crew Gets U.S. Fed. Prison
Romanian National Pleads Guilty to Multi-State East Coast ATM Skimming Scheme
A Romanian national Nemanja Milosavljevic, 23, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston in connection with an ATM skimming scheme operating throughout Massachusetts and other states including Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and South Carolina.

Milosavljevic was a member of the Hornea Crew ("Crew"), led by co-conspirators Constantin Denis Hornea and Ludemis Hornea, and engaged in ATM skimming. Members of the Crew transferred money throughout the United States and to Romania and the People's Republic of China.

In May 2018, Constantin Denis Hornea got 65 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $242,141 in restitution and a money judgment of $54,260. Judge Young sentenced Ludemis Hornea to 42 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $57,422 in restitution and a money judgment of $11,124. justice.gov




C-Store - Adams County, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Leesburg, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Leesburg, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Syracuse, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Murray, UT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Colorado Spring, CO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - New York, NY - Robbery/ Assault
C-Store - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Suffolk, VA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Ulster County, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Lebanon, PA - Burglary
Electronics - Kennewick, WA - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Racine, WI - Burglary
Jewelry - Cypress, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Florence, SC - Robbery
Jewelry - Gilroy, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Kapolei, HI - Robbery
Jewelry - Sunrise, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Cedar Hill, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Meriden, CT - Robbery
Jewelry - Spokane, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - Coral Springs, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Moreno Valley, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Ann Arbor, MI - Robbery
Jewelry - Greenwood, IN - Robbery
Restaurant - Culver City, CA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Augusta, GA - Burglary
Theatre - Aspen, CO - Burglary


Daily Totals:
• 23 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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