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Vector Security® Networks Hires Allan Watters, LPC as Head of Innovation, Retail Solutions

Industry veteran brings more than 30 years of experience leading loss prevention strategies for multi-billion dollar retailers.

Vector Security® Networks, a division of Vector Security®, Inc., and the single-source provider of physical security solutions and managed network services to multi-site businesses across North America, has hired Allan Watters, LPC (Loss Prevention Certified) as Head of Innovation, Retail Solutions.

In this newly-created role, Watters is responsible for working with retailers and the Vector Security Networks team to develop new offerings and services. With more than 30 years of retail management experience, including 15 years serving in executive-level roles, Watters will help lead Vector Security Networks in identifying and delivering innovative, differentiated solutions to North American retail customers.

Watters joins Vector Security Networks from a string of multi-billion dollar retail corporations. Over the course of his career, he has led loss prevention programs as senior vice president of asset protection with both Stage Stores and The Sports Authority. He proudly serves on the board of directors for the Loss Prevention Foundation.  Read more here

Eddie Sosa, LPC promoted to Regional Manager of Investigations for Luxottica North America
Eddie will be responsible for investigations relating to anti-counterfeiting, product diversion, intellectual property infringement, and Organized Retail Crime (ORC) in the western U.S. and Canada.

Prior to his promotion, Eddie spent (4) years with Luxottica as a Regional Asset Protection Manager. Previously in his career, he has held loss prevention and investigative roles with various organizations in both public and private sectors including Walmart, McDonalds Corporation, Cricket Communications, JCPenney's, and the Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Eddie has also served in the United States Army. Congratulations, Eddie!

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LPRC CrimeScience The Weekly Review - Episode 55

With Dr. Read Hayes, Tom Meehan & Tony D'Onofrio

What Country Employees is Most Productive and Civil Unrest is Resurging! In this week's episode, our co-hosts discuss these topics and more, including a Vaccination Global Leaderboard, Top 5 Highest Value Start Ups, Electric Car Market is Changing, Privacy Changes on IOS are Occurring, and the Largest Global Retailers are Identified. Listen in to stay updated on hot topics in the industry and more!  Play the episode here


Crime, Protests & Violence

Call to Action for Oklahoma Retailers
Supreme Court rulings created lawlessness in Oklahoma

By Norm Smaligo, President - Oklahoma Retail Crime Assoc. (OKRCA)

In 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments in Sharp v Murphy arguing that most of the eastern half of the State of Oklahoma was never disestablished as a reservation by congress. Murphy ended in a 4-4 ruling (Gorsuch abstained as he had ruled on the case when he was with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals). Unfortunately nobody in congress, the Oklahoma legislature, or tribal governments started any steps to correct what was an obvious potential problem.

The same arguments were brought back before a full bench SCOTUS in 2020 in McGirt v Oklahoma, and in a 5-4 ruling, SCOTUS agreed that eastern Oklahoma was still reservation land. Any enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe, with any quantum of Indian blood was only subject to federal or tribal jurisdiction for any crime occurring on tribal land.

This unleashed a jurisdictional nightmare of unpreparedness upon our state. Police departments facing a suspect with a CDIB (certified degree of Indian blood) card were unable to even make an arrest in some cases unless and until their departments were cross deputized with tribal police. Hundreds of incarcerated inmates in Oklahoma filed to have their convictions and sentences tossed due to lack of jurisdiction. Some of those cases cannot be refiled because the FEDERAL statute of limitations has expired. Those criminals will now walk free. The US Attorney's for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma are now drinking from the firehose of refiled Major Crimes that occurred in Oklahoma - including 10 death penalty cases. The FBI is now being tasked with investigating local murders that were previously handled by Tulsa Police.

As the generators of the sales and property taxes that fuel our local economies - retailers must demand that our elected officials fix this problem. Uncertainty is bad for business, but not nearly as bad as the total breakdown in the legal system we're facing.

Read full article here

'No Justice, No Derby': Protests Planned Over Kentucky Derby Weekend
Louisville organizers plan protests for Kentucky Derby weekend
Louisville activists plan to protest Kentucky Derby 147 and hold at least one other major rally the day before, unrelated to Derby though it takes place at the same time the city prepares for the annual event.

In September 2020, protesters marched by the hundreds to Churchill Downs while a sign with the words "arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" was flown in the sky.

Local activists, members of the NFAC militia, and social justice organization Until Freedom rallied for justice and confronted police officers stationed around the facility. That was the scene outside a delayed Kentucky Derby 146, with no fans in the stands due to COVID-19.

This year, as Churchill Downs welcomes back racing fans, local organizers said there will be protests but they won't necessarily be at Derby. wave3.com

Protests Continue in NC in the Wake of Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting
Elizabeth City curfew extended to midnight, though protesters will now need to apply for permit
Elizabeth City has extended its daily curfew from 8 p.m. to midnight in the wake of the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. by law enforcement, though the city says protesters will now need to sign a permit to be able to assemble.

The curfew is now from midnight to 6 a.m. The city originally started the curfew on Monday for "safety." Elizabeth City officials emphasized in their announcement that police are now requiring people to fill out paperwork to apply for a permit.

The city says the permit must be submitted to the city manager "not less than 15 days no more than 90 days prior to the date on which the proposed public assembly is to take place."

That indicates that any protest within the next two weeks would be considered illegal by law enforcement. Multiple protesters have already been arrested this week, including more on Thursday night. wavy.com

Protesters Interrupt Biden's Rally in GA
Biden speech interrupted by protesters in Georgia
President Biden's rally to mark his 100th day in office was interrupted as soon as it began by protesters calling for an end to detention centers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Biden was in the process of thanking Georgia voters at the outset of his remarks when protesters could be heard shouting "End detention now" and "Abolish ICE." One protester called out "Our families are dying," and noted that they voted for Biden in the 2020 election.

"I agree with you," Biden called back. "I'm working on it, man. Give me another five days." "There should be no private prisons, period," Biden added. thehill.com

Retail Shoplifting Apprehension Implications
Minn. Advancing "Sign and Release" Warrant in House's New Public Safety Bill
House Democrats are also advancing a late proposal to establish "sign and release" warrant procedures statewide that would curb the need for police to arrest people who have misdemeanor warrants for failing to appear in court for certain charges.

"Right now we have a window of time, while the world is watching, to be the leaders that our communities of color need us to be," said Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury. startribune.com

Chauvin juror says guilty verdicts could have come in "20 minutes"
A juror who cast one of the unanimous votes to convict a white former Minneapolis police officer of killing George Floyd said deliberations were primarily spent trying to convince one person who was uncertain about part of the jury instructions. After intense trial, verdict was 'easy part' Chauvin juror says in first juror interview. startribune.com

D.C. attorney general offers to seal records of some arrested during Floyd protests

COVID Update

237M Vaccinations Given

US: 33M Cases - 589.2K Dead - 25.6M Recovered
Worldwide: 151.2M Cases - 3.1M Dead - 128.6M 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: 290
*Red indicates change in total deaths

COVID Cases Continue to Fall in the U.S.
Weekly average of new Covid-19 deaths in US hits lowest point since October
The seven-day average of new Covid-19 deaths in the United States hit its lowest point since October 2020, a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data found Thursday.

As of Wednesday, 684 new deaths were reported, the JHU data showed, which is about an 80% drop since January. Since the beginning of 2021, the seven-day average number of Covid-19 deaths appears to have regularly decreased, according to JHU data.

The fall in deaths is at least partly due to vaccinations, experts said. cnn.com

30% Of U.S. Population Fully Vaccinated
Vaccination efforts continued to make progress. The U.S. administered an average of 2.6 million doses a day over the past week, a slightly slower pace than in recent days. Even so, 30% of the total population of the U.S. is now fully vaccinated. wsj.com

Mandatory Vaccines for the Military?
Biden won't rule out requiring U.S. service members to get COVID-19 vaccine
President Joe Biden said he has not ruled out requiring U.S. service members to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to an NBC interview broadcast on Friday.

"I'm not saying I won't," Biden said when asked if he would require the men and women in the U.S. armed services to get vaccinated.

The Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccination effort has been hailed as a success, with more than 237 million doses administered. The number exceeds Biden's target of 200 million doses - double his initial goal - by his first 100 days in office, which he marked on Thursday.

The Marine Corps said that as of April 23, approximately 93,500 Marines had received the COVID-19 vaccine while 52,900 Marines have declined a shot, or about 36 percent. An additional 92,300 Marines have yet to be offered one. cnn.com

DHS Extends REAL ID Deadline Due to COVID
Department of Homeland Security pushes REAL ID deadline to 2023

The deadline was initially moved back one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every domestic air traveler 18 and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver's license or another TSA-acceptable form of identification beginning on May 3, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday.

The original deadline of Oct. 1, 2020, was postponed for one year due to the pandemic. The second delay is also "due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," according to the DHS press release.

"Getting to REAL ID compliance on time was already going to be a challenge before COVID shut down DMVs for extended periods," Barnes said. "Significant travel disruption was likely if the deadline were allowed to hit, which the U.S. economy can't afford after a $500 billion decline in travel spending last year and millions of travel jobs lost to the pandemic."

All 50 states, Washington, D.C., and four of the five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are now compliant with REAL ID security standards, the government said. The regulation was put in place in 2005 as a way to ensure travelers' identities following the 9/11 attacks, according to the DHS. Only recently did all 50 states come into compliance.

Currently, only 43% of driver's licenses issued in the U.S. are REAL ID-compliant, according to DHS data. abcnews.go

'Level 4 Travel Advisory'
U.S. Tells Citizens to Leave India as Covid Crisis Deepens
The U.S. told its citizens to get out of India as soon as possible as the country's Covid-19 crisis worsens at an astonishing pace.

In a Level 4 travel advisory --- the highest of its kind issued by the State Department -- U.S. citizens were told "not to travel to India or to leave as soon as it is safe to do so." There are 14 direct daily flights between India and the U.S. and other services that connect through Europe, the department said.

Indian authorities and hospitals are struggling to cope with unprecedented Covid infections and deaths. Official data on Thursday showed new cases rose by a staggering 379,257 over the prior 24 hours, another record, while 3,645 additional lives were lost. More than 204,800 people have died. bloomberg.com

Appointments for vaccine first dose down 50% in LA County - Health Officials Concerned

Minn Gov. said further scaling back of restrictions and capacity limits could come in the next week in Minnesota.

Covid Surge in Oregon Shows U.S. Fight Against Pandemic Not Over

Originally Published in retailwire.com
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Will retailers be rewarded for giving ex-cons a second chance?
People have the power to change their lives. That's the simple proposition that large numbers of retailers are putting to the test as participants in the Second Chance Business Coalition (SCBC), a group of major corporations that are putting ex-convicts to work.

Best Buy, CVS, Dick's Sporting Goods, Gap, Home Depot, Kroger, Target, Walgreens and Walmart are all members of the group.

It's not news that many people who are incarcerated find themselves back in the system. Much of this comes from failing to find their place in society once they have paid the penalty for their crimes. SCBC says that 50 percent of job applicants with records fail to get a second interview with prospective employers.

"A felony conviction may as well be a life sentence when it comes to reentering the workforce," Mr. Arnold said in a video that announced the launch of the group's Second Chance Initiative.

The number of Americans with criminal records currently stands at somewhere between 70 million and 100 million people. Many of those are racial minorities. Statistics have long pointed to higher levels of incarceration among Blacks and Latinos. The events of the past year, including the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protest marches around the nation calling for racial justice, has led many corporate leaders to assess their organizations' roles on issues of importance to their stakeholders and society.

Target CEO Brian Cornell, who spoke at a virtual event hosted by the Economic Club of Chicago, said Mr. Floyd's murder, which took place a few blocks from the retailer's headquarters, hit close to home literally and figuratively.

Mr. Cornell said that it is up to CEOs to be the head of "diversity and inclusion" at their companies. "We have to be the role models that drive change," he said.

Discussion Question: Will retailers that actively recruit people looking for a second chance be rewarded for giving them jobs and, if so, in what ways? What do you think are the keys to running such a program successfully? retailwire.com Send in your comments - All responses will be handled anonymously unless otherwise instructed by the submitter.

Whistleblower Customer Reported Them to CIC

Virginia Beach Couple Pleads Guilty to $31 Million Coupon Fraud Scheme
Perpetrating a counterfeit coupon fraud scheme that cost retailers and manufacturers over $31 million in losses.

"These defendants orchestrated a nationwide scheme to make and sell counterfeit coupons, which defrauded businesses out of more than $31 million,"

From approximately April 2017 through May 2020, Lori Ann Talens, 41, operated a complex scheme using social media sites and apps such as Facebook and Telegram to find groups of coupon enthusiasts and sell them counterfeit coupons. Lori Ann Talens, who operated online under the moniker "MasterChef," used a computer to design, create, and produce a wide variety of counterfeit coupons in her Virginia Beach home. These counterfeit coupons were virtually indistinguishable from authentic coupons and were often created with inflated values, far in excess of what an authentic coupon would offer, in order to receive items from retail for free or for a greatly reduced price.

As part of the scheme, Lori Ann Talens would ship the counterfeit coupons throughout the United States using the U.S. Postal Service and other commercial parcel delivery services. She accepted payment for the counterfeit coupons through a variety of online payment methods, including Bitcoin and Paypal. Lori Ann's husband, Pacifico Talens, 43, was aware of the counterfeit coupon scheme, profited from it, and assisted in the operation by shipping packages of counterfeit coupons and performing other administrative tasks at the direction of his wife.

The scheme was discovered when one of the Talens's customers reported them to the Coupon Information Center (CIC), a coalition of consumer product manufacturers dedicated to coupon integrity. A CIC analysis concluded that coupon redemptions using the 13,000 counterfeit designs on the couple's computer had caused approximately $31,817,997 million in losses to retailers and manufacturers. justice.gov

Supplying Software to Iran for 7 Years - Remediation Cost $27M+
- Penalties $8M+

SAP Admits to Thousands of Illegal Exports of its Software Products to Iran and Enters into Non-Prosecution Agreement with DOJ
First-Ever Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Export Violations Leads to Non-Prosecution Agreement between Global Software Company and Justice Department

WASHINGTON - Software company, SAP SE, headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, has agreed to pay combined penalties of more than $8 million as part of a global resolution with the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ), Commerce and Treasury. In voluntary disclosures the company made to the three agencies, SAP acknowledged violations of the Export Administration Regulations and the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. As a result of its voluntary disclosure to DOJ, extensive cooperation and strong remediation costing more than $27 million, DOJ's National Security Division (NSD) and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts entered into a Non-Prosecution Agreement with SAP. Pursuant to that agreement, SAP will disgorge $5.14 million of ill-gotten gain.

"Today, SAP has admitted to thousands of export violations spanning six years that violated the U.S. embargo against Iran and endangered the national security of the United States," said Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Mendell for the District of Massachusetts. "This settlement should serve as a strong deterrent message to others that the release of software and sale of product and services on the internet are subject to U.S. export laws and regulations."

Beginning in approximately January 2010 through approximately September 2017, SAP, without a license, willfully exported, or caused the export, of its products to Iranian users. SAP's violations occurred in two principle ways. justice.gov

Note: A full copy of the non-prosecution agreement can be viewed here.

Vivint Security, Smart Home Monitoring, Will Pay $20M Settling FTC Charges it Misused Consumer Credit Reports
Under the settlement, Vivint will pay a $15 million civil penalty and an additional $5 million to compensate injured consumers.

In a complaint filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the FTC, the Commission alleged that Vivint violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by improperly obtaining credit reports in order to qualify potential customers for financing for its smart home monitoring and security products. The FTC also alleged that Vivint violated the FTC's Red Flags Rule by failing to implement an identity theft prevention program, which is required of certain companies that regularly use or obtain credit reports.

"Vivint's sales staff stole people's personal information to approve others for loans," said Daniel Kaufman, Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "For misusing consumer credit reports and other sensitive data, and harming people's credit, this company will pay $20 million." Vivint uses door-to-door sales representatives working on a commission-only basis to sell the company's home security devices and monitoring services, according to the FTC complaint. ftc.gov

Executive Protection - Former Executive Terrorizes Executive Officer & Family Based on Stock Performance

Georgia Man Charged with Sending Anonymized Emails Threatening Violence Against Executive Officer of New Jersey Company
Alan Wallace, 58, of Cumming, Georgia, is charged by criminal complaint with two counts of making interstate threats. The counts of making interstate threats each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross amount of gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.

From January 2021 to March 2021, Wallace, a former employee of Company-1, sent threatening email communications to Victim-1, an executive officer of Company-1, a publicly traded company with headquarters in New Jersey. Victim-1's Company-1 email account received the emails every few days beginning on Jan. 11, 2021, and continuing through early March 2021, with more sporadic emails arriving thereafter. The emails were sent to Victim-1 from an anonymous email service.

The emails threatened violence to Victim-1 and to Victim-1's family if Company-1's stock did not exceed a certain share value within 30 days. The threats contained ominous subject lines such as, "Gun or Knife," "Blood Bath," and "You about sealed your family's fate," and content consistent with those subject lines. For example, an email received on Jan. 31, 2021, read: "[Victim-1] - you are about to lose family due to your actions hurting others and inaction to elevate the stock price. Weep and remember." justice.gov

OSHA Recognizing Memorial Day - Adding 160 New Critical Personnel
American Rescue Plan includes funds to hire more OSHA compliance officers
Every year on April 28, the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA commemorates Workers Memorial Day, when "we remember and honor the men and women who have lost their lives on the job.

"Workers Memorial Day reminds us of the sacrifices many workers make to earn their wages and provide for themselves and their families," said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. "The dedicated professionals at the U.S. Department of Labor are determined to ensure that U.S. workers finish their workdays safely and hold those accountable whose neglect increases the likelihood of harm to our fellow citizens."

However, OSHA points out that many of these devastating losses were "preventable if standards had been followed, appropriate controls existed, and if safety and health programs were a priority."

In 2021, the department also observes OSHA's 50th anniversary. However, there is still a large problem given more than 5,000 people suffer fatal injuries at work each year, and thousands more are hurt or sickened.

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted - perhaps more than in any time in its history - the vital importance of OSHA's mission.

With $100 million in additional funding in the American Rescue Plan of 2021, OSHA is working to protect workers now and in the future. This includes ensuring that OSHA has the resources, such as much-needed staff, to do the agency's work. The agency is planning to hire more than 160 new critical personnel, including compliance safety and health officers to respond to the pandemic. ehstoday.com

Retailers Make LinkedIn's List of Best Workplaces
Top Companies 2021: The 50 best workplaces to grow your career in the U.S.
Today, we are launching our 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies list, our fifth-annual ranking of the 50 best workplaces to grow your career. These 50 companies help employees build a professional foundation that sets them up for success both at the company and beyond.

The new methodology has seven key pillars, each revealing an important element of career progression: ability to advance, skills growth, company stability, external opportunity, company affinity, gender diversity and educational background.  See the full list here

Among the 50 companies, several retailers made the list:

1. Amazon
8. Apple
9. Walmart
14. Verizon
15. CVS Health
27. T-Mobile
28. Target
48. The Home Depot

Lowe's to add 50,000 workers

Chino Reverse Logistics Best Buy facility obtains zero waste certification

Girl Scout cookies take flight in Virginia drone deliveries

EEOC Issues Religious Guidance

Quarterly Results

Sonic Automotive Q1 comp's up 16.4%, sales up 20.7%

Del Taco Q1 system-wide comp's up 9.1%, total sales up 5.2%

Yum Brands Q1 comp's up 9%, system sales up 11%

McDonald's Q1 Global comp's up 7.5%, U.S. comp's up 13.6%, International comp's up 0.6%, Inter. licensed comp's up 6.4%, consolidated revenue up 9%, systemwide sales up 12%

Bloomin Brands Q1 combined U.S. comp's up 3.3%, U.S. digital up 147%, international comp's down 21.4%, total sales down 2.1%

Cheesecake Factory Q1 restaurant comp's down 10.4%, sales up 2.8%

Senior LP & AP Jobs Market

Senior Director - Global Security & Business Continuity Planning job posted
for Gap Inc.
This position leads the Global Security and Crisis Management Center of Excellence. It is directly responsible for developing and leading strategy and integration of efforts for Business Continuity Planning (BCP), Global Security Operations, and the Global Security Operations Center (GSOC) teams to support the Gap Inc enterprise. This role is responsible for overseeing, development and execution of company procedures, executive protection, travel safety management, emergency preparedness, physical security and technology applications support for the organization. gapinc.com

Director, Business Continuity Planning job posted for Gap Inc.
As Director of Business Continiuty Planning (BCP) your focus will develop and lead the process to which our company functions can continue in the event of a disaster. This includes operations and functions throughtout the Supply Chain and Internationally, the Gap Inc Digital Infrastructure, Fulfillment Centers, Stores, and HQs. It will include all elements of the program, including the development of an incident response process that can be adopted across all teams and geographies at Gap Inc. gapinc.com

Director, Global Distribution Safety & Security job posted for Michael Kors
in Los Angeles, CA
The Director, Global Distribution Safety & Security is responsible for the leadership of all safety and security programs and the development of tools and techniques to maintain a safe and secure working environment in the Michael Kors distribution centers worldwide. These facilities are located in Whittier, California, Montreal, Quebec, and Venlo, Netherlands. capri.wd1.myworkdayjobs.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.






Let's Hope Congress Acts
Ransomware Now Seen as Threat to National Security

Major technology companies urge U.S. government to make sweeping policy and legal changes to combat cybercriminals

Government officials and cybersecurity experts are increasingly viewing ransomware as a serious threat to national security with some proposing that the federal government go after ransomware gangs with the same tools used to prosecute drug cartels and other criminal organizations.

Escalating attacks on governments, school districts and healthcare organizations during the coronavirus pandemic demonstrate ransomware's danger, said Philip Reiner, chief executive of the Institute for Security and Technology, a cybersecurity nonprofit.

The malware, which hackers use to lock up computer systems and then demand ransom payments, started as a low-level economic nuisance. Gangs now resemble major criminal organizations that extort billions of dollars from the public and private sectors and put lives at risk. Targeted attacks against critical infrastructure also show the severity of the danger, Mr. Reiner said.

"It's risen to the level of a national security threat. And when that is understood and accepted, that means you can shift priorities, for instance, within the intelligence community or within law enforcement," said Mr. Reiner, who was a senior official on the National Security Council from 2011 to 2015.

The U.S. government in recent weeks has made clear its intention to aggressively pursue ransomware gangs. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas described ransomware as a threat to national security in a speech on March 31.

The Wall Street Journal reported in April that the Justice Department has formed a task force dedicated to ransomware, which will examine links between cybercriminals and nation-states, among other areas.

The group also recommends tighter regulation of cryptocurrency markets, which are often used to facilitate ransom payments. wsj.com See below article

Darknet Go-To Money Launderer Running 'Bitcoin Fog' Busted at LAX
Individual Arrested & Charged with Operating Darknet Cryptocurrency "Mixer"
Bitcoin Fog Service Allegedly Laundered $335 Million
A dual Russian-Swedish national was arrested Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport on criminal charges related to his alleged operation of the longest-running bitcoin money laundering service on the darknet.

Roman Sterlingov, 32, operated Bitcoin Fog since 2011. Bitcoin Fog was the longest-running cryptocurrency "mixer," gaining notoriety as a go-to money laundering service for criminals seeking to hide their illicit proceeds from law enforcement. Over the course of its decade-long operation, Bitcoin Fog moved over 1.2 million bitcoin - valued at approximately $335 million at the time of the transactions. The bulk of this cryptocurrency came from darknet marketplaces and was tied to illegal narcotics, computer fraud and abuse activities, and identity theft. justice.gov

Task Force Seeks to Disrupt Ransomware Payments
Some of the world's top tech firms are backing a new industry task force focused on disrupting cybercriminal ransomware gangs by limiting their ability to get paid, and targeting the individuals and finances of the organized thieves behind these crimes.

In a 81-page report delivered to the Biden administration this week, top executives from Amazon, Cisco, FireEye, McAfee, Microsoft and dozens of other firms joined the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Europol and the U.K. National Crime Agency in calling for an international coalition to combat ransomware criminals, and for a global network of ransomware investigation hubs.

The Ransomware Task Force urged the White House to make finding, frustrating and apprehending ransomware crooks a priority within the U.S. intelligence community, and to designate the current scourge of digital extortion as a national security threat.

The Wall Street Journal recently broke the news that the DOJ was forming its own task force to deal with the "root causes" of ransomware. An internal DOJ memo reportedly "calls for developing a strategy that targets the entire criminal ecosystem around ransomware, including prosecutions, disruptions of ongoing attacks and curbs on services that support the attacks, such as online forums that advertise the sale of ransomware or hosting services that facilitate ransomware campaigns." krebsonsecurity.com

API Hole on Experian Partner Site Exposes Credit Scores
The last place you'd expect to find a gap

Student researcher is concerned security gap may exist on many other sites.

A student and security researcher recently informed credit-reporting bureau Experian about a vulnerability on a partner website that lets anyone look up credit scores with only a name and mailing address.

The full report can be found here.

Cybersecurity Leadership: It's About Cloud Security

CEOs and CISOs on Managing Visibility, Accessibility
and Risk

Almost every organization has adopted cloud computing to some extent, and with this great power comes great responsibility. How are cybersecurity leaders managing visibility, access and risk? We asked this exclusive panel of CEOs and CISOs, and they shared frank and thoughtful advice.

Participating in this latest forum are:

Tim Eades, CEO, vArmour; Nick Halsey, CEO, Okera; Chuck Brooks, CEO, Brooks Consulting; Dr. Rebecca Wynn, CISO and CPO; and Roger Sels, vice president of solutions, EMEA, BlackBerry. careersinfosecurity.com

New Terminal Software Module Introduced in PCI Secure Software Standard Version 1.1
Today, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) published version 1.1 of the PCI Secure Software Standard and its supporting program documentation. The PCI Secure Software Standard is one of two standards that are part of the PCI Software Security Framework (SSF). The PCI Secure Software requirements provide assurance that payment software is designed, engineered, developed and maintained in a manner that protects payment transactions and data, minimizes vulnerabilities, and defends itself from attacks. blog.pcisecuritystandards.org




Online Sales Continue Their Sky-High Trajectory
Amazon Q1 Results Up 44% Over 2020
First-quarter sales hit $108 billion, a 44% increase from the same period a year earlier, and profits more than tripled to $8.1 billion.

Amazon said it expects sales from April to June to reach between $110 billion and $116 billion, which would mark three consecutive quarters with more than $100 billion in revenue.

Amazon's dominance in online retail also parallels the strength of Amazon Web Services, the business line that rents server capacity and software tools to other corporations. AWS is Amazon's main profit center, though its recent growth has slowed as the cloud units of Microsoft and Google have moved aggressively to sign up new customers. wsj.com

Amazon Minimum Wage Now $15 an Hour
Amazon to hike wages for over 500,000 workers
Amazon announced Wednesday it will raise wages by between 50 cents and $3 an hour for more than half a million of its U.S. operations employees. Amazon will spend more than $1 billion on incremental pay for these workers, Henry said.

It comes as President Joe Biden has pushed for raising the federal minimum wage, which has been stalled at $7.25 an hour since 2009, to $15 an hour.

Amazon said it moved up annual pay review for positions across its customer fulfillment, delivery, package sorting and specialty fulfillment teams from fall to this spring.

The raises are meant to help incentivize hiring for tens of thousands of operations jobs across the U.S., Henry said. The jobs will add to the hundreds of thousands of workers Amazon brought on in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic pushed the company to go on a hiring spree to keep up with a spike in online orders. cnbc.com

New Amazon Hub Across the Pond
Amazon is raising eyebrows in Ireland with reports of a new e-commerce hub
Amazon has been firmly bedded down in Ireland for years but looks primed to expand its presence even further. The e-commerce giant is reportedly opening its first fully fledged fulfilment center in Dublin to service the Irish market.

Ireland has been served from the U.K. for years but this allows Amazon to avoid Brexit-related headaches with shipping goods across the Irish Sea. It has also reportedly held talks with the operators of Shannon Airport in the west of the country about opening a distribution center there.

Amazon has yet to confirm the opening of the fulfilment center: "We do not comment on rumor and speculation," it told CNBC. But the reports, and the ever-growing presence of the company, has nonetheless raised eyebrows about what it will mean for workers in the country.

In March, the British and Irish trade union called Unite the Union launched a hotline for Amazon workers in the U.K. and Ireland to report any issues they were having in warehouses.

It comes amid a backdrop of unionization efforts in the U.S., most recently with a hotly contested vote in Alabama, which Amazon won. cnbc.com

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Bellevue, WA: Detectives Arrest 2 from Detroit, Recover Car and tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases
Two men from Detroit together face a dozen felony charges in King County after prosecutors said the pair used stolen identification to open credit lines and make expensive purchases around Puget Sound. In charging documents released Thursday, the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office accused Brian Perry, 25, and Patrick Dennis, Jr., 27, in a largescale identify theft operation. Prosecutors named Perry in all 12 charges, with nine residents and three local companies identified as victims. Prosecutors said Dennis participated in at least four of the crimes.

According to Bellevue police, both men flew into Seattle on the week of April 19 and quickly got to work using stolen identities to open credit lines. Detectives said successful purchases included a $64,000 Dodge Challenger, a $6,400 gold bracelet, and a variety of pricy items from two shopping malls. Detectives said Perry also attempted to buy a 2019 Camaro, valued at $51,000, from AutoNation Ford of Bellevue with a stolen ID but did not return to pick it up. According to police, the victim contacted the dealership after receiving a credit alert, prompting the manager to call the police.

Bellevue police said detectives learned Perry's identity through a cell phone number provided to the dealership and determined he had an extensive history of fraud on his criminal record in Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Nevada and Louisiana. After securing a search warrant for inside the vehicle, detectives said they found 11 counterfeit driver's licenses, including eight from Washington and three from Oregon, 17 new iPhones, four Apple watches, and a Costco credit card with a high limit. patch.com

Newburyport, MA: Two charged with stealing clothing from Marshalls
Two Haverhill men carrying trash bags entered Marshalls in the Market Basket Plaza on Wednesday afternoon and stuffed roughly $1,600 worth of merchandise in them before running out of the store - only to be caught by police a short time later, according to an Essex County prosecutor. Dennis B. Curley, 31, of How Street and Peter Beebie, 29, of South Porter Street were charged with larceny from a building and conspiracy, and arraigned the next morning in Newburyport District Court. Judge Peter Doyle ordered them held on $2,500 cash bail on those charges, but because there were warrants for their arrests from another court, they were both held in custody without bail. newburyportnews.com

McKeesport Grocery Store Owner Sentenced to Prison for Food Stamp Fraud and Money Laundering Conspiracy
Sin Y Sit, 46, of 502 Marie Street, Glassport, PA gets 27 months prison and two yuear supervised release for food stamp fraud and money laundering conspiracy. Y Sit and his wife Qiao Jiang owned and operated Mei A. Asian Grocery in McKeesport, PA. Sit and Jiang allowed customers to unlawfully exchange food stamp credits under the USDA's S.N.A.P. program for cash (the defendants paid out fifty cents on a dollar) and other ineligible grocery items, such as tobacco. The amount of fraud during the term of the conspiracy is between $250,000 and $550,000. justice.gov

Serial Fraudster Gets 4 Yrs Fed. Prison for Bank Fraud & Aggravated ID Theft
Committed Federal Crimes While on Supervised Release for a Previous Federal Fraud Conviction

Boaz Salmon Bratton-Bey, age 38, of Owings Mills, Maryland, on June 5, 2019, he and his co-conspirators executed an "instant credit" scheme in which a co-conspirator, Terrell Meadows, used a fictitious driver's license bearing the image of Meadows and the personal information of an individual victim to obtain a store credit card at a home improvement store.

The credit application was approved and a credit card with a $12,000 line of credit was issued in temporary form instantaneously. Transaction records indicate that on June 5 and June 6, 2019, the account was used to make a total of four purchases at four different store locations totaling in $5,988.14. Bratton-Bey and Meadows used a U-Haul truck to load and carry away the fraudulently obtained goods.

After one month of the truck rental, Bratton-Bey failed to provide payment and return the U-Haul truck, which caused the truck to be reported as stolen. During a traffic stop, The Baltimore County Police located the truck, identified the driver as Bratton-Bey, and retrieved fraudulently obtained14 credit cards featuring 14 different names of real individuals. The total loss amount from the U-Haul rental and the cards recovered from Bratton-Bey following the traffic stop was $12,652.73. justice.gov

Two Former Chick-fil-A Employees Indicted for Scheme to Steal Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Over 2 Yrs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A federal grand jury yesterday indicted two former employees of a Birmingham-area Chick-fil-A restaurant franchise, alleging that they conspired to defraud their former employer,

Larry James Black, Jr., 37, of Center Point, the former Director of Hospitality at Chick-fil-A Five Points, and Joshua Daniel Powell, 40, of Moody, a former Manager at the same location, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. Black was also charged with bank fraud and misuse of a social security number.

According to the indictment, Black and Powell devised and implemented a scheme to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars in customer payments between April 2018 and January 2020. Black and Powell used fraudulent email and digital payment accounts to trick customers and divert payments for catering orders and other restaurant sales to bank accounts under their personal control.

If convicted, Black and Powell face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and a maximum of 20 years in prison for wire fraud. Black also faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for bank fraud, and a maximum of five years in prison for misuse of a social security number. justice.gov

Edina, MN: Police seeking suspects in $892 theft from Sephora in Southdale Center

Hennepin County, MN: Police seeking 2 male suspects in Detergent and Toilet Paper theft

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Shootings & Deaths

Plymouth, NC: Police searching for suspect in murder of man at a variety store
One man is dead and another is in the run after a shooting in Plymouth, in Washington County. Plymouth Police Chief Willie Williams said officers were sent to Carol's Variety Store on Main Street Thursday afternoon after a 911 call reporting that someone had been shot there. The victim, Cedric Gillard, 35, was found inside the entrance to the store dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Williams said Brandon Carter, 36, of Roper was identified as a suspect and an arrest warrant has been issued on an open count of murder.  wcti12.com

Update: St Paul, MN: After suspect jailed, Cedar-Riverside store owner recounts robber fatally gunning down friend, fleeing
Victim leaves behind a wife and four children. A suspect is jailed awaiting murder charges after a man was shot to death during a robbery while he was helping out his friend at a Cedar-Riverside furniture store in a situation that unfolded rapidly Tuesday evening, according to a witness. The gunman walked into the store about 7 p.m., pulled out a gun and pointed it at Hassan Shire, the owner. "Give me money, give me money," the gunman said to Shire, who said he responded, "No problem." Shire's friend, Abdifatah H. Mohamed, 40, who was sitting in a chair, stood up, Shire said, at which point the gunman fired at Mohamed. Shire, 53, said he believed his friend was shot three or four times. Police early Wednesday arrested a 30-year-old violent felon on suspicion of fatally shooting Mohamed. The man was apprehended in St. Paul and jailed shortly after 4:30 a.m. in connection with the shooting in the 400 block of S. Cedar Avenue, according to police spokesman John Elder. Murder and other possible charges against the suspect are pending. The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged. startribune.com

Man who killed a Police Officer as teen in '83 gets new shorter sentence: Officer killed during store Burglary
A 54-year-old man who killed a police officer when he was a teenager will get a chance at parole after a Flint-area judge reduced his life sentence. Shane Richey, like hundreds of others in Michigan, was entitled to a new hearing as a result of U.S. Supreme Court decisions that stopped mandatory no-parole sentences for teens. Richey was 16 in 1983 when he shot Burton Officer Terry Thompson, who was responding to a burglary alarm at a department store. He was automatically sentenced to life in prison. Genesee County Judge Celeste Bell sentenced him to at least 40 years in prison, which means he'll soon be eligible for parole. "This court believes in redemption, and I do think that Mr. Richey has demonstrated in his history in prison that he is redeemable and, if he is not fully redeemed, he is absolutely well on the road," Bell said. timesunion.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

New Orleans, LA: Group with knife steals alcohol from Canal Street CVS
On Wednesday, at 12:25 p.m., a CVS store in the 800 block of Canal Street was robbed of alcohol and other merchandise by three men, one of whom pulled a knife on the manager. Police arrested 28-year-old Zachariah Woodruff and 32-year-old William Hollinsworth in connection with the robbery, but said they are still looking for a third, unidentified man. nola.com

Campbell River, B.C. Canada: RCMP dog Gator called in to track down knife-wielding shoplifter
Just before 11 p.m. on April 23, Campbell River RCMP members responded to a report of a robbery that had occurred at the Walmart on the Island Highway. A single male had been confronted about shoplifting by the store's loss prevention officer and, in turn, threatened the loss prevention officer with a knife and took off with the goods. Police service dog Gator was called into action and the male, who was known to police, was located a short distance away and taken into custody without further incident. campbellrivermirror.com

Placerville, CA: Man caught on camera ramming truck into liquor store to steal scratchers

Miami, FL: Jewelry Store Robbery Caught On Camera

Hartford, CT: Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Federal Prison for Violent Robberies

San Francisco, CA: Suspect involved in more than 30 purse snatch robberies across Bay Area arrested



Counterfeit Currency Gang Ringleader Gets 5 Yrs - Operated For 3 1/2 Yrs
Tampa Man Sentenced To More Than Five Years In Federal Prison For Making And Passing Counterfeit Currency
Simon Keith Angaran (50, Tampa) from at least December 2016 through February 2020, Angaran was the ringleader of a conspiracy that made and passed counterfeit currency at locations across Tampa Bay. Law enforcement first identified the conspiracy in June 2019 after a co-conspirator had passed a counterfeit bill at a thrift shop in Tampa. In total, the conspirators passed counterfeit bills more than 1,000 times for a total loss of $135,010. justice.gov

Boardman, OH: Police arrest man accused of using counterfeit bills at local Home Depot stores
Police arrested a man Tuesday after they were called to a Boardman Home Depot on reports that a man tried to purchase merchandise with counterfeit bills. An employee told police that two men had entered the store and one of them attempted to use counterfeit money to make a purchase. The employee also said that the suspects had done this at several Home Depot stores in the area over the last few months. According to the report, the employee said the suspects had been to a Salem Home Depot earlier that same day. There, they purchased approximately $400 worth of power tools with counterfeit one hundred dollar bills, the report said. When police arrived at the Home Depot on Southern Blvd., the two suspects were still inside the store. Police detained one suspect when he exited the store. They did not identify him in their report.

Inside, the second man, identified as Marcus Shelton of New York City, attempted to purchase power charges worth approximately $337 with four one hundred dollar bills that the cashier determined were fake. Shelton left the store, throwing the bills on the ground outside and began walking through the parking lot where police arrested him, according to the police report. Police found more counterfeit bills in the suspects' car. The Home Depot employee had surveillance footage for police and said he had been "following" the suspects for the past several months as they passed counterfeit money at several Home Depot stores in the area, the report said. He told police he wanted to pursue charges against Shelton since he attempted to knowingly make a purchase with the counterfeit bills. Shelton faces charges of theft by deception and counterfeiting. He was transported to the Mahoning County Jail. wkbn.com



Auto Dealer - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery
Auto Parts - Orland Park, IL - Burglary
Bike - Oroville, CA - Burglary
Books - Jaffrey, NH - Burglary
C-Store - Pasco, WA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Joplin, MO - Armed Robbery
C-Store - El Paso, TX - Armed Robbery
CVS - New Orleans, LA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Lincoln, NE - Robbery
Gas Station - New Columbia, PA - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Aberdeen, NC - Armed Robbery
Jewelry - Laurel, MD - Robbery
Jewelry - Tucson, AZ - Robbery
Jewelry - Miami, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Sioux Falls, ID - Robbery
Liquor - Placerville, CA - Burglary
Rite Aid - Wilmington, DE - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Palm Beach, FL - Armed Robbery (Burger King)
Restaurant - New Columbia, PA - Armed Robbery (Mike's Subs)
Walmart - Columbia, MO - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 4 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed


Weekly Totals:
• 71 robberies
• 24 burglaries
• 3 shootings
• 3 killed

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In her new role she will be strengthening current relationships and developing an inside sales team for the ZKTeco USA.

ZKTeco USA names Tristin Vaccaro as Central Regional Sales Representative for access control products

In this new role, Tristin will be responsible for developing new business as well as managing client relationships across the Central region.

ZKTeco USA appointed Oscar Gomez to serve as the new Western Regional Sales Representative for Access Control Products

With a strong technical background as a Communications Technician in the Marines and a Tower Climbing Tech with Ericsson, Oscar will be establishing and maintaining relationships with ZKTeco's clientele.

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