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August 7-10, 2011
National Food Service Security Council
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Going Beyond LP - Partnering for Success
September 14, 2011
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Counterfeit Clothes at Luxury Malls?
Private Eye Helps Police Bust Surprising
think of counterfeit goods as being sold on street corners, out of
car trunks and at flea markets ... but what about at your local
It's happening, and few can attest to that better than Kris Buckner,
a private investigator who specializes in tracking down counterfeit
merchandise through his company, Investigative Consultants.
"You can look at us as sort of the 'counterfeit
cops,'" Buckner said.
"Nightline" came along as Buckner and police in Orange County, Calif.,
raided a store allegedly selling counterfeit goods in, of all places, a
luxury mall. Police arrested the store manager, who was accused of
selling phony luxury brands such as Dior, Prada and Dolce & Gabana
merchandise, as well as a huge stash of True Religion jeans, which had
been "on sale" at the store for $199.
Buckner works for the brands themselves. In the case of the Orange
County bust, Bucker's client was True Religion.
California police officer arrests man in
connection to bust of counterfeit goods
(click photo for video)
"Anything that the cops do to
investigate regular crimes, we're really doing here at our company for
those brand owners we represent," Buckner said. "Brand owners don't call
911 to report counterfeiting. That wouldn't be fair. They'd suck the
resources of law enforcement."
Investigative Consultants is one of just a few companies around the
country that do this special kind of work, and sometimes the brands
themselves house their own special units to track counterfeiting.
Watch the full story on
"Nightline" tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET
According to the Association
of Certified Fraud Examiners,
$652 billion per year is lost to internal fraud. Small
businesses are the most vulnerable, accounting for a whopping 80 percent of all
internal fraud cases. Employee-committed acts are the most common and most
expensive type of fraud, accounting for more than half of all reported cases. (Source
With this weeks stock market plunge wiping away all the gains for the year its
evident that the mere signing of the U.S. budget did little to calm the concerns
and fears that the U.S. economy may be headed back to another recession, as a
number of economist have been talking about recently. And while LP job growth
for the year may appear to be flat to last year, the last month has shown an
overall decrease in new jobs posted that can't be denied. Certainly the
candidate pool continues to escalate and there's been no dip in job seekers
looking for jobs and viewing what ever is out there. However with only 18,000
new jobs created in June in the U.S., "the fewest in 9 months" Wall Street is
concerned "that the U.S. may be on the verge of another recession."
(Source weau.com) (Source
For the first time in the press it's reported that there's also
a "stampede" of U.S. retailers also looking at
the UK for expansion. With Aeropostale,
American Eagle, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel's CB2, and others all looking to
get into the UK market. The same holds true for the UK as does the Canadian
market. Virtually the same demographics, culture, and shopping trends. However
the UK market is more developed than Canada. (Source
Apple is going after the fakes and files a sealed lawsuit in U.S. District Court
in Eastern New York against a number of defendants including 52 Jon Does and 3
companies. One is the Apple Story, a look-alike in Flushing, New York.
J Crew is opening its first Canadian store August 18th in Toronto and is looking
at other leases there as well. (Source
Coach is opening its first Winnipeg, Canada store at the end of this month and
it will be the 24th location for them in Canada. (Source
Cabela's opened its first Alberta, Canada store yesterday.
fake "Yellow Pages Group" fax deceives businesses
as a mere update your contact info request but has in the fine print a two-year
obligation of $1,428 annually and the FTC is all over this scam. (Source
Michigan State Police from Bay City. Mi.,
arrested a 48-year-old parolee, Steve Vanwert, for operating a "complex retail
fraud scheme" and targeting Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Lowes and Meijer stores in the
Bay, Saginaw, Midland, Genesee, Isabella, and Ogemaw counties. No other
information was released. Some may wish to investigate this. (Source
Several flash mobs formed
around State Fair Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night.
Two police departments and one sheriff department responded to calls for help.
Reports indicate there were hundreds of people fighting and causing damage, with
at least seven people taken to local hospitals. (Source
According to a recent survey in the UK over 50% of people think cash will become
extinct in the future with two thirds of people finding carrying cash is
inconvenient and change is just a pain. (Source
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eBay Asset Protection Supports
Federal Investigation Leads to Prison Sentence
eBay Global Asset Protection assisted the United States Attorney’s office
in Pittsburgh, PA with researching account activity of a former US Airways
employee leads to conviction and jail sentence. According to information
presented to the court the suspect stole various properties from U.S. Airways
valued at nearly $580,000 between 2004 & 2009. The suspect sold the stolen
property on the internet, including eBay. The resident of Aliquippa,
Pennsylvania was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison, followed by
three years’ supervised release, on his conviction of interstate transportation
of stolen property, said US Attorney David J. Hickton. Prior to imposing
sentence the Judge stated that this crime was not a single isolated incident,
but involved a course of conduct that occurred over several years.
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"Investigations Centers are a critical part of our strategy to resolve organized
retail crime activity and help support safe and secure environments," said
Target team member Nate Hartle.
The chain works with law enforcement to gather and analyze evidence to stop
thieves in their tracks. A chart maps out a crime ring's network.
The National Retail Federation's 2011 Organized Retail Crime Survey reveals
organized retail criminals are becoming more violent. They use fake price tags
or grab anything they want - from designer jeans to medicine to baby formula.
Sometimes, they steal the items from the stores. Other times, they steal the
items straight off the trucks.
Retail theft not only costs stores money, it drives up prices for everyone else.
Metro Police Property Crimes Detective Mona Connell says Metro is now part of
the Southern Nevada Organized Retail Crime Association or SNORCA. The agency
enables law enforcement and retailers to share information about troubling
"It's to communicate with other retailers, to explain to them that this is
what's going on at our store or stores, and there's a possibility you can be a
victim as well," Det. Connell said. "We're in the top ten in the country
currently. We just became part of the top ten, and nationally, it's a $30
billion loss every year."
A $30 billion-a-year problem is huge, so federal authorities are also working to
fight this theft.
The FBI says it uses many of the same investigative techniques against organized
retail theft groups as it does any criminal enterprise or terror network.
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