Web version / Mobile version



LP, AP & IT Security's #1 News Source




























Walmart Taps Another Former Justice Department Criminal Division Chief for Compliance Role
Matt Miner, a former deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department, will serve as Walmart's chief compliance officer.

Walmart Inc. has hired a former official from the U.S. Justice Department's criminal division as compliance chief, as the retail giant fights a civil lawsuit over its prescription practices.

Matt Miner, who was a deputy assistant attorney general during the Trump administration, has been appointed global chief ethics and compliance officer.

Mr. Miner will report to Rachel Brand, Walmart's chief legal officer and another Justice Department veteran. She served briefly as the department's third-in-command under President Donald Trump before stepping down to work at Walmart.

Mr. Miner said the allure of joining an organization with a compliance program the size of Walmart's prompted him to leave his post at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, which he joined after departing the Justice Department in late 2019. In his new role, Mr. Miner said he would be involved in helping the company assess emerging risks and evolve its compliance program to meet them. wsj.com

HS Brands Promotes Greg Keeley to Director of Loss Prevention Services
Greg has over twenty-seven years' experience in loss prevention and compliance, holds a degree in sociology and criminal justice and brings a background of diverse retail experience. Greg's long career includes progressive roles of management, and he is a seasoned practitioner in investigations, auditing, program development, and organized retail crime investigations.

"This is a well-earned promotion," said Raymond Esposito, President of HS Brands LP and Compliance Division. "In what has been a challenging year for all businesses, Greg has demonstrated his professionalism and his commitment to our clients' success. His positivity and can-do attitude are an asset to our team and company."  prunderground.com

See All the Executives 'Moving Up' Here   |   Submit Your New Corporate Hires/Promotions or New Position



The retail business is about people. That's why the safety of customers and employees is the top priority for retailers.

LVT Units are proven to increase safety in retail parking lots for both employees and customers. Employees are frequent targets for criminals because they often enter and exit the store when it is dark and fewer people are around. Furthermore, the safer the location, the better business will be. People don't want to shop where their personal safety is threatened. It is the same with employees-no one wants to work in a place they're afraid to go. Increased safety attracts customers and employees.

With the increase in foot traffic, retailers face increased theft and vandalism. Whether it's shoplifting from inside the store or stealing the skirt front items, theft costs billions of dollars annually. Likewise, vandalism plagues retailers. Cars, other property in the parking lot, and the outside of the store are easy targets for vandals.

LiveView Technologies creates tools to help them manage their properties and increase safety. These include increasing safety for employees and customers and reducing incidents of theft and vandalism.

Webinar Speakers


Violence, Crime & Unrest

State & Local Leaders Grapple with Rising Crime

Georgia Governor Asks Businesses to Help Fight Rising Crime
Kemp to Georgia biz community: It's time to get tough on crime
Gov. Brian Kemp has vowed to leverage the state's powers to crack down on rising crime rates. Now he's telling Georgia's business leaders it's time for them to do their part.

The Republican used the Georgia Chamber's annual congressional luncheon on Tuesday as a platform to urge the corporate community to join his administration's efforts to crack down on crime.

He warned the executives who gathered in Columbus that "if crime is rampant on the streets of your local community, businesses will look elsewhere, workforces will leave, visitors won't show up and investment will stop." Kemp also called on the Georgia Chamber, the Metro Atlanta Chamber and local chapters to speak up and "work toward meaningful solutions - because, as leaders, we have a duty to act."

The governor and other Republicans have focused on the rising crime rate in metro Atlanta as a political argument, outlining plans to boost law enforcement funding, toughen penalties for violent crimes and devote more resources to state crime-fighting initiatives. That's on top of new efforts to crack down on human trafficking, gang violence and street racing.

The Republican-controlled Legislature also passed a law this year that prevents local governments from making steep cuts to law enforcement funding, even though there's little evidence the "defund the police" movement has gained any traction. And Kemp has asked lawmakers to take up new tough-on-crime proposals in a special legislative session later this year. ajc.com

Lawmakers Call Bail Reforms a "Failure" as Crime Surges
Republicans Want Emergency Legislative Session on Crime

Leading Republican state legislators are calling for immediate reforms to enhance sentences for violent crime and place new limitations on pre-trial release from jail.

Leading Republican state legislators are calling for immediate reforms to enhance sentences for violent crime and place new limitations on pre-trial release from jail in response to violent crime in Albuquerque.

The lawmakers urged Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday to call a special legislative session to "send a strong signal that criminals will be held responsible."

A letter from House Republicans including minority leader James Townsend of Aztec and Rebecca Dow of Truth or Consequences calls for reconsideration of 11 GOP-sponsored bills on public safety that were rejected in 2020 and 2021 by the Democrat-led Legislature. The GOP legislators describe state bail reforms as a failure and call for a new move toward mandatory minimum sentencing.

On Monday, Lujan Grisham said she will open up the 30-day legislative session in early 2020 to consideration of criminal justice proposals that expand the number of law enforcement officers and increase penalties for crimes involving firearms.

Albuquerque has surpassed its annual homicide record already in 2021, having logged more than 80 killings with four months still go in the year. The previous record was set in 2019. usnews.com

'Safe Streets Baltimore'
Activist Group Shows Crime Plan To Senator Following Murder Of Two Teens
With two teens shot and killed in Baltimore City in the past week, Safe Streets Baltimore showed Senator Van Hollen Wednesday how they aim to stop the violence. "They work every night in the community," Dante Johnson of Safe Streets told the Senator.

"Instead of them going out and shooting and killing them, they'll get with us and we get them and give them resources out in the streets instead of them trying to hurt somebody," added Lamont Holt, who also works with Safe Streets.

The Senator visited Baltimore to highlight the projects he is trying to secure more federal funding for, including Safe Streets. "Our idea is to provide funds that go to organizations at the local level," the Senator (D-Maryland) said Wednesday.

And Safe Streets said they have seen some success with their program. baltimore.cbslocal.com

Op-Ed: Eliminating cash bail will make Kentucky increasingly soft on crime

Fallout from 2020 George Floyd Protests Continues

Feds Targeted BLM Activists to Disrupt & Discourage Protests
Report: Feds targeted BLM protesters with heavy-handed criminal prosecutions
The federal government deliberately targeted Black Lives Matter protesters via heavy-handed criminal prosecutions in an attempt to disrupt and discourage the global movement that swept the nation last summer in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, according to a new report released Wednesday by The Movement for Black Lives.

Movement leaders and experts said the prosecution of protesters over the past year continues a century-long practice by the federal government, rooted in structural racism, to suppress Black social movements via the use of surveillance tactics and other mechanisms.

"The empirical data and findings in this report largely corroborate what Black organizers have long known intellectually, intuitively, and from lived experience about the federal government's disparate policing and prosecution of racial justice protests and related activity," the report stated.

The report, which was first shared with The Associated Press, argues that as the uprisings in the summer of 2020 increased, so did police presence, the deployment of federal agents and prosecution of protesters.

Titled "Struggle For Power: The Ongoing Persecution of Black Movement By The U.S. Government," the report details how policing has been used historically as a major tool to deter Black people from engaging in their right to protest and weaken efforts to draw attention to issues impacting Black Americans. It also drew a comparison to how the government used Counterintelligence Program techniques to "disrupt the work of the Black Panther Party and other organizations fighting for Black liberation." apnews.com

Massive New Police Training Center Triggers Protests
Protests come before Atlanta City Council vote on massive police training facility amid officer shortage
Dozens of protesters gathered Sunday, as the Atlanta City Council is expected to vote on a massive police training facility that supporters argue is necessary to train a new class of officers amid staffing shortages following a year of anti-police demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd's death.

The proposal, first put forward by City Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, would grant the Atlanta Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds high priority projects designed to fight and prevent crime in Atlanta neighborhoods, permission to build a state of the art public safety training campus to be used by the Atlanta Police Department on 381 acres in Dekalb County, Georgia.

Just 85 acres will be developed for the facility, amended down from the initial 150 acres to be leased to the nonprofit, after residents during listening sessions last week voiced concerns about preserving additional green space. Sheperd argued to Fox 5 Atlanta that the city was in dire need of such facility, as its police force faces a morale crisis, staffing shortages and an uptick in violent crime.

As the force is short at least 200 officers, she said residents in neighborhoods affected by violent crime want the facility to train more police. foxnews.com

Teenage activist found not guilty of charges stemming from protest against bills increasing protest-related penalties

May 2020 Protests & Riots: Criminal Justice System Still at Work

Federal Jury Convicts St. Paul Man in Target Headquarters Arson
MINNEAPOLIS - A federal jury found a St. Paul man guilty of arson and riot after looting, damaging, and burning businesses in downtown Minneapolis. Following a four-day trial before Judge Joan N. Ericksen, Victor Devon Edwards, 32, was convicted of one count of riot and one count of arson.

On the evening of August 26, 2020, Edwards joined a large crowd that had gathered in downtown Minneapolis following false rumors regarding police involvement in the death of a man on Nicollet Mall earlier that evening. Throughout the course of the evening, Edwards engaged in acts of rioting, looting, and other property damage. Beginning around 9:00 p.m., Edwards and his co-defendant Shador Tommie Cortez Jackson worked together to steal women's purses and other items from Saks Off Fifth. Edwards sent text messages to various acquaintances telling them, "I got M[ichael] K[ors] purses." In response to a text message from one acquaintance asking why he was downtown, Edwards simply replied, "Lootin."

Shortly before 11:00 p.m., Edwards and Jackson were captured on video surveillance using a construction sign to break into the Target Corporation's headquarters building. Once inside, Jackson started a fire inside the mailroom while Edwards added a liquid accelerant to fuel the fire. justice.gov

Kent, Washington man - looter during Seattle June 1, 2020 civil unrest gets 24 months

Illinois Man Gets 105 Months Prison for Arson of Minneapolis Sprint Store During Summer 2020 Civil Unrest

San Diego Man Gets 33 Months for Possessing Molotov Cocktails at La Mesa Protest at Protests May 30, 2020

COVID Update

358.6M Vaccinations Given

US: 38M Cases - 641.3K Dead - 30.3M Recovered
Worldwide: 210.3M Cases - 4.4M Dead - 188.4M Recovered

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

Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 287   Law Enforcement Officer Deaths: 340
*Red indicates change in total deaths

New Cases, Hospitalization & Deaths Rising Amid Delta Surge

'Americans Are Flying Blind'
'Miserable' breakthrough COVID-19 cases are increasing, but experts aren't sure how common they are
Three studies released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention underscore the new reality:
Breakthrough infections are occurring more frequently than previously reported.

"Recent data makes clear that
protection against mild and moderate disease has decreased over time," U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during a Wednesday briefing. "This is likely due to both waning immunity and the strength of the widespread delta variant."

There's no way to know exactly how common breakthrough infections are across the country, for several reasons.
Many cases are asymptomatic or mild enough for people to forgo testing, and the United States doesn't track post-vaccination infections in any organized way. Americans are flying blind.

Topol said
breakthrough infections are a critical statistic for several reasons. In places that do a good job of tracking post-vaccination infections, such as his home county of San Diego, the data present a compelling picture of the vaccines' effectiveness.

Right now in San Diego County, the nation's fifth-most populous,
vaccinated people have a rate of infection about nine times less than the unvaccinated - and a rate of hospitalization that's 35 times less. usatoday.com

Popular Tourism & Shopping Destination Becomes Top Hotspot
Gulf Coast's beloved 'Redneck Riviera' now a virus hotspot
Tourists and servers alike dance atop tables and in the aisles at one restaurant on the "Redneck Riviera," a
beloved stretch of towns along the northern Gulf Coast where beaches, bars and stores are packed. Yet just a few miles away, a hospital is running out of critical care beds, its rooms full of unvaccinated people fighting for their lives.

On maps that show virus "hot spots" in red,
this part of the U.S. coast is glowing like a bad sunburn. And a summer of booming tourism that followed the lockdowns and travel restrictions of 2020 is making the turn toward fall with only a few signs of slowing down.

Health officials believe the spike is due to a combination of some of
the nation's lowest vaccination rates, unabated tourism, a disregard for basic health precautions and the region's carefree lifestyle, all combining at a time when the mutated virus is more contagious than ever and conservative states are balking at new health restrictions.

On a recent afternoon,
one shopper after another walked through the mouth of a giant, fake shark into a Gulf Shores souvenir shop. Mini-golf courses, bars, go-kart tracks, hotels and condominium towers were full. The National Shrimp Festival, which draws as many as 250,000 people to the Alabama coast, is set for October despite the COVID-19 explosion. apnews.com

Businesses Take NYC to Court Over Vaccine Mandate
Restaurant owners sue NYC, hoping to block its 'ridiculous' vaccine mandate

The lawsuit argues that city officials are unfairly singling out restaurants, gyms and other businesses with overly rigid restrictions.

A group of small businesses is suing New York City,
hoping to stop the city's first-in-the-nation vaccine mandate for restaurants, gyms and other indoor public venues.

The city is
requiring patrons and employees of restaurants and certain other businesses to show proof of vaccination. The plaintiffs say the city is unfairly targeting businesses that are struggling during the pandemic, and that there should be exemptions for people with certain medical conditions or religious beliefs.

"The executive order has
rendered it impossible for anyone who chooses not to be vaccinated, for whatever reason, to work in the designated industries, wholly depriving them of their livelihood," the lawsuit says.

Andrew Giuliani, a Republican who is running for governor, said he supported the lawsuit and that businesses should be able to set their own rules. The plaintiffs include
Deluca's Italian Restaurant in Staten Island, Pasticceria Rocco in Brooklyn and Staten Island Judo Jujitsu.

New York City's mandate is similar to one approved in France last month that prompted large protests.
Enforcement by city health officials will not start in New York until Sept. 13, the day when the city's public schools are expected to reopen. nytimes.com

Updated List of Store Mask Rules
Masks are back: Stores revise COVID policies

As new information emerges, companies are making their decisions about how they'll keep employees and customers safe moving forward.

APPLE - Requiring masks for all employees and customers in most U.S. stores.
COSTCO - Will follow the face mask regulations of the applicable state and local jurisdictions.
CVS - Requiring employees to wear a mask . Customers are encouraged to wear a mask.
GIANT EAGLE - Requiring all employees to wear masks and encouraging all customers to do the same.
GOOGLE - Google is requiring all employees to be vaccinated before its offices fully reopen in October.
HOME DEPOT - All employees required to wear masks indoors. Guests asked to wear masks as well.
KOHL'S - Require employees in high-risk counties to wear masks. Masks encouraged for customers.
KROGER - The guidelines require unvaccinated customers and employees to wear them.
LOWE'S - Requires all employees to wear masks indoors and asking customers to do the same.
MCDONALD'S - Requiring crew and customers to wear masks inside in areas with high transmission.
SAM'S CLUB - Fully vaccinated people to wear masks in areas of substantial or high transmission.
TARGET - All employees are required to wear masks. The company is not mandating masks for guests.
WALMART - Employees get vaccinated by October. Employees required to wear masks. Customers encouraged
WALGREENS - Requiring masks for all of its employees. Masks  encouraged for all customers. fox8.com

Updated OSHA Mask Guidance for Vaccinated Employees
OSHA recommends masks for many vaccinated workers
Vaccinated workers in areas of substantial or high community transmission should wear masks to protect unvaccinated workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in guidance updated Aug. 13.

vaccinated workers who come into close contact with people with coronavirus should wear masks for up to 14 days unless they have a negative coronavirus test at least three to five days after the contact, according to OSHA.

The agency's updated guidance also included recommendations for
manufacturing, meat and poultry processing, seafood processing and agricultural processing employers.

OSHA's guidance may be particularly notable as the delta variant surges throughout the U.S. At press time, the CDC's transmission map showed that most of the nation's counties had "substantial" or "high" transmission, making them subject to OSHA's recommendation.

For employers that choose to require masks,
it's crucial to devise a clear, written policy and enforce it consistently, an attorney previously told HR Dive. hrdive.com

Top Health & Safety Challenges for Businesses
The Biggest Challenge COVID-19 Poses to Your Organization

It's clear that there is no shortage of challenges that have been brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19.

It's clear that there is no shortage of
challenges that have been brought about or exacerbated by COVID-19. Even those challenges that didn't pertain to the pandemic, such as getting people to attend monthly safety meetings, could have experienced a different reality had more employees attended those meetings and heeded your advice for creating a safer workplace.

And while you all have done tremendous work to keep the doors open, it's clear there's more work to be done-and that you need more participation, budget and hours in the day.

We pulled
a sample of answers from more than 900 respondents as part of our National Safety & Salary Survey 2021:

Mass confusion
Complying with various and ever-changing federal and local mandates
Employee health and well-being
Lost focus on basic safety measures as we moved to COVID-19 protection
Staff burnout
Inability to perform on-site EHS support services, including needing to conduct site audits remotely
Obtaining the proper-fitting PPE at a reasonable cost ehstoday.com

Covid-19 Boosters Are Coming: Here's What to Know
The Biden administration announced that Americans who have been fully vaccinated with a two-dose regimen against Covid-19 should receive a booster,
citing the threat from the highly contagious Delta variant. WSJ breaks down what you need to know. wsj.com

Florida, Texas Turn to Antibody Treatments as Covid-19 Surges

Texas faces tipping point as COVID-19 spreads

Maryland's 7-day positivity rate surpasses 5% for the first time since April

Former LP Exec Marvin Ellison Continues to Make Headlines as Lowe's CEO
Lowe's CEO says profitability will rise as retailer speeds up fridge,
washing machine deliveries

Lowe's expects to grow sales and boost profitability thanks to an initiative to reform its home delivery operations, CEO Marvin Ellison told CNBC on Wednesday.

Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison told CNBC on Wednesday the retailer expects to grow sales and boost profitability thanks to an initiative to reform how it delivers bulk items like appliances to customer's homes.

Ellison detailed the large-scale effort called "market delivery" in a "Mad Money" interview after the company earlier in the day
reported better-than-expected earnings per share and revenue. Lowe's shares rose more than 9% in the session.

"We're in the process of
rolling this out over the next 18-plus months around the company. We think it's going to give us improved turns, improved profitability and improved sales," Ellison told host Jim Cramer.

In the past, Lowe's workers had to "physically ensure" a product such as a washing machine was in stock at a store if a customer wanted to buy it, Ellison said. Then, he said, a second employee would later on have to call the customer to schedule home delivery.
"That's a very inefficient and a very prehistoric process," he said.

"What market delivery does for us,
it takes all of the inventory for appliances, as an example, [and] puts it in a centralized distribution center. The associate now can go online, has real-time visibility of the inventory," which then can make its to customers' residences "often times next day" without ever going to the store, Ellison said. cnbc.com

Massive $57M Supply Chain Fraud Impacting Tens of Thousands of Consumers
Suburban Chicago Prescription Drug Wholesaler Indicted for Allegedly Re-Selling Diverted Drugs to Pharmacies
owner of a suburban Chicago prescription drug wholesale distribution company purchased more than $57 million worth of diverted, unregulated prescription drugs and re-sold them to unsuspecting pharmacies and other wholesalers, according to a federal indictment returned in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

GURUCHARAN DUA used his Plainfield, Ill.-based distribution company to knowingly obtain wholesale amounts of the diverted prescription drugs at discounted prices from unlicensed suppliers, the indictment states. Upon receipt of the diverted drugs, Dua directed his employees to clean the bottles to fraudulently make the drugs appear to be from a regulated prescription drug distribution chain, the indictment states. Dua then knowingly sold the diverted prescription drugs to unsuspecting pharmacies and other wholesalers, falsely representing to them that his company had acquired the prescription drugs from a licensed source in a regulated supply chain, the indictment states.

The charges allege that
from 2011 to 2017, Dua purchased approximately $57.2 million worth of diverted prescription drugs that he later re-sold to the pharmacies and wholesalers. Some of the pharmacies were located in Chicago, Joliet, Ill., and Springfield, Mass., the indictment states.

Prescription drugs that are not in the legitimate supply chain can present a serious health risk to those who buy and use these diverted drugs," said FDA SAC Burdelik.

The indictment charges Dua, 50, of Naperville, Ill., with six counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, and three counts of money laundering. Each count of mail fraud and wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, while each money laundering count is punishable by up to ten years. justice.gov

Only Takes One Disgruntled Employee
Access Management Mistake Costs Hundreds of Thousands of $$$

HR Head Convicted for Two Day 'Rampage' After Termination
Florida Woman Convicted Of Damaging Former Employer's Computers Faces 15 Yrs
MEDGHYNE CALONGE, on one count of
intentionally causing damage to a protected computer, and one count of accessing a protected computer and recklessly causing damage. Both counts relate to CALONGE's deletion of tens of thousands of human resources records of her former employer ("Employer-1").

While she was being terminated, and
just before she was escorted from the building, CALONGE was observed by two employees of Employee-1 repeatedly hitting the delete key on her desktop computer. Several hours later, CALONGE logged into a system ("System-1") used by Employer‑1 to receive and manage applications for employment with the company, which the company had invested two years and over $100,000 to build. During the next two days, CALONGE rampaged through System-1, deleting over 17,000 job applications and resumes, and leaving messages with profanities inside the system. Ultimately, CALONGE completely destroyed all of Employer-1's data in System-1. Employer-1 subsequently spent over $100,000 to investigate and respond to the incident and to rebuild System-1. To this day, Employer-1 has been unable to recover all of its data.

CALONGE, 41, of Tampa, Florida, was convicted of one count of intentionally damaging computers, which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years, and one count of recklessly damaging computers, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. justice.gov

Selling Counterfeit-Branded Products to Retailers & Wholesalers
Four Defendants Arrested in Multi-Million-Dollar Counterfeit Goods Trafficking Scheme
A 14-count indictment was unsealed in federal court in
Brooklyn charging seven defendants with participating in a counterfeit goods scheme in which they imported generic goods into the United States from China, applied brand labels to those goods in workshops, some of which were controlled by the defendants, and then sold those counterfeit-branded goods to retail and wholesale purchasers.

As alleged in the indictment,
between October 2019 and July 2021, the defendants participated in an international scheme to traffic counterfeit goods. The defendants first imported the goods in generic form from China into the Port of New York and New Jersey. The goods were then delivered to workshops and storage facilities controlled by some of the defendants in Queens and on Long Island. In those workshops, insignias, emblems, trademarks and other brand signifiers were applied to the generic goods, converting them into purported brand name merchandise. These counterfeit goods were then sold as a part of the scheme directly to consumers and to wholesale buyers. The estimated retail value of the counterfeit-branded goods, had they been genuine, was in excess of $130 million. justice.gov

Here They Come Full Speed
Amazon Plans to Open Large Retail Locations Akin to Department Stores

Wants a larger retail presence to sell clothing and household items and facilitate exchanges

Plans to
open several large physical retail locations in the U.S. that will operate akin to department stores, a step to help the tech company extend its reach in sales of clothing, household items, electronics and other areas, people familiar with the matter said.

Some of the first Amazon department stores are expected to be located in
Ohio and California, the people said. The new retail spaces will be around 30,000 square feet, smaller than most department stores, which typically occupy about 100,000 square feet, and will offer items from top consumer brands. The Amazon stores will dwarf many of the company's other physical retail spaces and will have a footprint similar to scaled-down formats that Bloomingdale's Inc., Nordstrom and other department-store chains have begun opening, the people said.

The company's private-label goods are expected to feature prominently, the people said. wsj.com

Kroger launches nationwide frontline training initiative with Axonify
Through the Fresh Start with Axonify app, associates can access personalized training quickly and easily.

The solution is being launched in a phased approach across Kroger's business. With continual learning performed in less than five minutes per shift, each associate's training experience is tailored to their individual needs and knowledge gaps via the app using gamification.

Senchal Murphy, Kroger's senior director of training and onboarding commented; "Fresh Start with Axonify helps us deliver a more personalized, digital experience for associates through purposeful, bite-sized training that enables them to learn and grow in a fun and engaging way." supermarketnews.com

Aldi to add over 20,000 U.S. workers in hiring push

Quarterly Results
Target Q2 comp's up 8.7%, digital comp's up 10%, sales up 8.9%

Walmart Q2 U.S. comp's up 5.2%, eCommerce comp's up 6%, Int'l net sales down 15.2% ($8.9 in retail divestitures), Total Walmart net sales up 2.4%
   Sam's Club comp up 7.7%, eCommerce comp's up 27%

All the News - One Place - One Source - One Time
Thanks to our sponsors/partners - Take the time to thank them as well please.
If it wasn't for them The Daily wouldn't be here every day for you.







Even out here, you're in control.

Only Detex offers a delayed egress solution for outdoor applications. Which is no surprise. For decades Detex has led the way in innovating weatherized security systems that can handle the harshest conditions out there.

Instead of the alarm-only setups commonly used outdoors, our system sounds an alarm and delays exit 15 or 30 seconds. Plus it's fully configurable to best suit your application. Count on it - season after season, year in and year out.

Watch the video and get connected with an outdoor exit expert.





Upcoming RH-ISAC Events

August 24 - 2021 CISO Benchmark: What You Need to Know About Our Signature Study

August 26 - Securing Your Data Using Data

August 26 - Human Error is just as Risky as Ransomware

August 26 - Integrated Third Party Risk Management

Sept. 28-29 - 2021 RH-ISAC Cyber Intelligence Summit

Inviting LP & AP to attend or get a member of their team involved,
especially if their retailer is a member of RH-ISAC.


Talk About Recruiting & It Could Be Your People
Ransomware Attacker Offers Employees a Cut if They Install DemonWare on Their Organization's Systems
Researchers went undercover and posed as willing "insider threats" to expose and study an unusual hybrid BEC-style social engineering-ransomware scheme.

Researchers masqueraded as a rogue employee to engage with a ransomware operator soliciting insiders to plant ransomware on their own organization's servers in exchange for a portion of the ransom money. Their ploy gave them a front-row seat in a rare ransomware threat - one that comes with a bold social engineering twist.

The attack goes like this: The employee receives an email offering $1 million in Bitcoin, or 40% of a $2.5 million ransom bounty, if he or she installs DemonWare ransomware - either physically or remotely - on their company's Windows server or other computer. If the employee wants to take them up on it, he or she contacts the attacker via their Outlook email address or Telegram account provided in the initial email. darkreading.com

New DHS Guidance on Ransomware Attacks
CISA Release: Protecting Sensitive and Personal Information from Ransomware-Caused Data Breaches
After several months of disruptive and headline-making ransomware attacks on large businesses in the United States, the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released
a list of recommendations for preventing and responding to these kinds of incidents.

The fact sheet, titled
Protecting Sensitive and Personal Information from Ransomware-Caused Data Breaches, includes several suggestions such as maintaining offline, encrypted backups and implementing a basic incident response and communications plan. The document also urges readers not to pay a ransom if hit with an attack.

CISA strongly discourages paying a ransom to criminal actors," the sheet reads. "Paying a ransom may embolden adversaries to target additional organizations, encourage other criminal actors to engage in the distribution of ransomware, and/or may fund illicit activities. Paying the ransom also does not guarantee that a victim's files will be recovered."

The full data sheet can be read here. darkreading.com

New Information Revealed in Connection to T-Mobile Data Breach
More Than 47M Affected in T-Mobile Breach

T-Mobile has confirmed stolen records included account information for 7.8 million current customers and 40 million former or prospective customers.

Nearly 48 million current, former, and prospective T-Mobile customers were compromised in a data breach that is still under investigation, the company confirmed late yesterday.

The investigation began last week, when T-Mobile learned of claims made in an online forum stating an attacker had compromised its systems. While the forum posts did not specifically call out T-Mobile, the seller reportedly told Motherboard they had
accessed data related to more than 100 million people from the company's servers.

T-Mobile confirmed unauthorized access to its data on Aug. 16; one day later, it shared the results of its preliminary analysis:
Approximately 7.8 million current T-Mobile postpaid customer accounts' information appears to be in the stolen files, in addition to just over 40 million records of former or prospective customers who had applied for credit with T-Mobile.

The stolen data
did include some personal information, the company says. Some of the data accessed included customers' first and last names, birthdate, Social Security number, and driver's license/ID information for a subset of current and former postpay customers as well as prospective T-Mobile customers.

So far, there is
no indication that the data in stolen files included customers' financial data, credit or debit card information, or other payment data. T-Mobile reports no phone numbers, account numbers, PINs, or passwords were compromised in affected files related to current postpaid customers or former or prospective customers. darkreading.com

   Hackers stole millions of Social Security numbers from T-Mobile. What should you do?

Ransomware-as-a-Service Operator Re-Emerges
Security Vendors Sound the Alarm on LockBit Ransomware's Return

Threat group claims version 2.0 of malware can encrypt 100 gigabytes of data twice as fast as its rivals.

The operators of LockBit,
a ransomware-as-a-service outfit that first surfaced in 2019, have re-emerged with a vengeance, touting an improved version of their malware as well as an aggressive new campaign to recruit affiliates from the Dark Web and - ominously - from within target organizations themselves.

In recent days,
several security vendors have reported observing a sharp increase in threat activity involving LockBit by groups likely looking to cash in on the opportunity created by the exit of major ransomware operators such as REvil and DarkSide over the past few months. One of the most notable incidents was last week's attack on consulting giant Accenture that reportedly resulted in the theft of several terabytes worth of data and a subsequent ransom demand of $50 million.

In a report this week, Trend Micro says that between July 1 and Aug. 15, its
researchers observed attack attempts involving LockBit that targeted organizations in the UK, Italy, Taiwan, and Chile. The attacks featured a new version of the ransomware, LockBit 2.0, which, among other things, is capable of automatically encrypting devices across Windows domains using Active Directory (AD) group policies. The tactic has made LockBit one of the fastest ransomware strains on the market.

While it's possible that
the group may have ramped up activity recently in response to the exit of some groups, it's equally likely they were simply ready to start again. In addition to operating on its own, the group has been recruiting affiliates who have expertise targeting specific organizations, Clay says. darkreading.com

Demand for Cybersecurity Professionals is Soaring
9 Tips for Hiring (and Keeping) Top Security Talent

Demand for security professionals continues to skyrocket. Here's what organizations need to do to give themselves an edge in hiring and retaining the best talent out there.

Here are some tips for organizations to consider in order to attract cyber-warriors to join your team - after they have a realistic grasp of the skills required and a better job description.

1. Higher pay, better benefits
2. Stock options plus an upgrade
3. A "ride or die" credo
4. Missions that matter
5. Freedom to roll
6. Don't stuff new duties into old company roles
7. R&R as needed
8. Access to ample resources
9. Create opportunities to level up

7 steps to protect against ransomware-related lawsuits

How Much Cybersecurity Can $1.9 Billion Buy?






Big Year for Cannabis Events
In-Person Cannabis Conferences in 2021
After a year of cannabis industry event postponements caused by the coronavirus pandemic, everyone is excited to learn and network at the events scheduled in 2021. While these events can vary in terms of attendants, schedule, and location, it is possible that the
events in 2021 will be more popular than ever.

Can't Miss Events
MJBizCon is perhaps the biggest event in the cannabis industry. Also known as the Marijuana Business Conference and Cannabis Expo, this event attracted over 33,000 attendees in 2019 and is back again in-person later this year. MJBizCon will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 19-22 and will feature over 1000+ exhibitors.

Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo, or CWCBExpo, hosts one of the largest B2B gatherings of cannabis industry professionals. This event will be held in New York City from November 4-6.

Many of the largest events in the industry are held by NECANN, or New England Cannabis. NECANN is the longest running cannabis conference in the North East and has a full schedule for the rest of 2021 with
expert speakers such as Sapphire's own Tony Gallo. This year's events include:

Boston, MA: September 10-12
Atlantic City, NJ: October 2-3
Portland, ME: October 16-17
Chicago, IL: December 4-5

The NCIA, or National Cannabis Industry Association, also holds some of the most popular events in the cannabis industry. The NCIA has three major events scheduled for the rest of this year: the
Midwest Cannabis Business Conference in Detroit, MI from September 22-23, the Eastern Cannabis Business Conference in Baltimore, MA from December 7-8, and the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in San Francisco, CA from December 15-17.

Other Conferences and Tradeshows: sapphirerisk.com

Cannabis Shopping Site Challenges Florida Regulation
E-commerce company challenges state pot restriction
E-commerce company Leafly has carved out a niche as
one of the nation's leading shopping sites for all things cannabis. Leafly and similar websites allow visitors to peruse the stock available at medical marijuana dispensaries, place orders online and pick up and pay for the goods at local storefronts.

Florida health regulators this year stopped medical marijuana operators from using Leafly and other third-party sites to process patient pre-orders, saying the services violate a state law banning operators from contracting for services "directly related to the cultivation, processing and dispensing" of cannabis.

The Seattle-based Leafly Holdings, however, disputes that it is engaging in activity related to the dispensing of cannabis products and last week filed a legal challenge. The company's petition
asks an administrative law judge to find that the Florida Department of Health employed an "unadopted and invalid rule" to conclude that the online services violate the law.

Until February,
many of the state's licensed medical marijuana operators relied on Leafly and another well-known e-commerce cannabis company - I Heart Jane - to help provide online shopping services for Florida patients.

The companies' websites allowed customers to browse inventory at dispensaries, place items in online shopping carts and submit orders.
The companies would send the information to medical marijuana operators, which would fulfill the orders and contact the e-commerce vendors when orders were complete. Patients would have to pick up and pay for their purchases in person.

most - if not all - Florida marijuana operators canceled contracts with the e-commerce companies after receiving a Feb. 1 memo from the Department of Health threatening to impose fines on those who continued to rely on the pre-order services. winknews.com

Cannabis Facility Automation
Should You Automate Your Cultivation Facility?
Cultivation operations automate their production processes for two reasons:

1. To minimize production costs.
2. To ensure product consistency.

Automation usually involves
computer-controlled equipment executing work tasks that employees would otherwise handle.

These tasks can be
finished in a fraction of the time that it would take an employee to complete the same job, and since they're performed precisely the same way each time, automation also helps operators to grow a more consistent end product.

Some automation only makes sense for commercial facilities of 100,000 square feet or more. For small operations, some types of automation can prove inefficient and result in a poor ROI for investors.

Smart entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for ways to safely lower their production costs while maintaining crop consistency.
The next time you see your team doing a repetitive task by hand, ask yourself: "Can this be automated?" cannabisbusinessexecutive.com

648% Increase in Canada's Legal Cannabis Market
Changes in Canada's cannabis retail market two years after legalization




Hundreds of Amazon Employees Speak Out
Amazon employees join an internal Slack channel to criticize its opaque performance-review system

Employees are openly criticizing Amazon's performance-review system on an internal Slack channel.

Amazon employees are
speaking out internally about the company's performance-improvement system, breaking away from the culture of secrecy and confidentiality that typically pervades its workforce.

Hundreds of Amazon employees have
joined an internal Slack channel called "I got pipped," which refers to the company's performance-improvement plan, or PIP, according to people familiar with the group and screenshots seen by Insider. They asked not to be identified discussing sensitive internal matters.

The channel has
drawn almost 300 employees since its creation late last month. Employees openly criticize the company's performance-review system and vent about their employment status in the channel, while throwing self-deprecating jokes about being placed on the coaching plan. Some employees share advice on how to get out of the improvement plan, a result that's considered rare.

"Would be nice to know if it's even possible to survive PIP and remain hired," one employee wrote. "We always hear about these scary things but this time it feels personal," another wrote. "As part of the [leadership principles], 'Strive to be Earth's best employer,' they should listen and help us feel safer at this company."

It's the latest example of
growing frustration over Amazon's approach to performance reviews and coaching, which Insider has been investigating this year. Many employees have complained about the system's ambiguity and unfairness, alleging it gives managers too much power, and provides little recourse for those who think they were unjustly placed on an improvement plan. businessinsider.com

No More 'Buy Now-Pay Later' Late Fees
PayPal drops BNPL late fees worldwide
Starting in October,
new purchases in the U.S. made with PayPal's buy now-pay later option won't have any late fees if a consumer misses a payment, the company said in a press release today. Currently, late fees in the U.S. range up to $10 per missed payment, a spokesperson for PayPal said by email.

The PayPal service, which
lets U.S. consumers pay for a purchase in four installments, is interest-free to the users and any charges for merchants are tucked into their existing PayPal rates (so no extra charges for BNPL). PayPal makes money on the service, as do the merchants, because they've documented increased sales with the BNPL tool.

The company is
also jettisoning late fees on purchases in the United Kingdom and France in October, making a clean sweep of the penalties worldwide, the spokesman said. It never had late fees for purchases in Germany and Australia. paymentsdive.com

The Amazon Effect: Amazon Killed the Name Alexa




$600K BOPIS Fraud At Home Depot in New England
Three Charged in Fraud Schemes Targeting Home Improvement Retailers
ROVIDENCE, R.I. - Federal arrest warrants were executed today against two individuals on charges they allegedly participated in a large-scale conspiracy to defraud Home Depot stores in at least three New England states. A third person alleged to have taken part in the scheme is being sought by law enforcement.

Court documents allege that Samuel Machuca, a/k/a/ Ithier Batista-Rodriguez, a/k/a Angel Garcia-Sanchez, 50, of Attleboro, MA, Luiyi Taveras-Garcia, 33, of Providence, and Abel Bier Romero, 28, of Cranston, used stolen personal identifying information and stolen or fraudulently created business credit accounts to purchase more than $600,000 in building, roofing, electrical, plumbing and other contractor supplies from Home Depot stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Earlier yesterday, more than $30,000 dollars' worth of construction materials allegedly obtained fraudulently were recovered by federal agents from a garage in Cranston.

According to court documents, since November 2020, several individuals have contacted Home Depot customer service and "Pro desks" in the three New England states, placing orders for various construction and contractor supplies. The orders were paid for with fraudulently created or stolen credit account information, including names, credit card numbers, security codes, and phone numbers. Notification was sent to the "customer" at the phone number provided when the order was ready for pick-up. Two or three individuals then picked-up the order, often utilizing the same white truck to transport the materials. justice.gov

Waco, TX: Central Texas woman sentenced in $341,000 Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud Scheme
A Waco resident and a Dallas man have been sentenced in an identity theft and credit card fraud scheme, according to the United States Attorney's Office - Western District of Texas. 30-year old Brandon Decorwyn Alexander from Dallas was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 18 for conspiring to commit identity theft. The co-conspirator, 30-year old Eboni Simone Arps from Waco, participated in the scheme that used victims' credit cards to rent vehicles and purchase tires. Alexander and Arps would call tire shops in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas and order the tires with the stolen information. Alexander used the rental cars to pick up the tires.
On Nov. 9, 2020, Arps pleaded guilty to a misprision of a felony and was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Additionally, she was given one year of supervised release and a $200 fine. Alexander pleaded guilty on Nov. 10, 2020, and was sentenced Wednesday to 57 months in prison and has been ordered to pay $341,520 in restitution. kxxv.com

PSN Program: Supply Chain Robbery Crew Busted
Violent South Florida Supply Chain Serial Robber Denied Bond
Federal magistrate judge denied bond for 39-year-old Fort Lauderdale resident Denorio Humes. Humes will remain behind bars as he awaits trial on charges of using force and fear to rob tobacco products from truck drivers during deliveries.

Humes was part of a crew operating from April 2020 to March 2021 that robbed cigarettes and other tobacco products from trucks whose drivers had stopped at gas stations and other stores in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Collier counties to deliver the products. The robbery crew is alleged to have assaulted some of the truck drivers and threatened others.

The indictment charges Humes with one count of conspiring to commit a Hobbs Act robbery and one count of committing a Hobbs Act robbery. Humes faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted.

This case stems from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). justice.gov

Jersey Fraud Gang of 6 Getting Jail Time
Essex County Man Gets 27 Months Prison for Role in $250,000 Fraud Conspiracy Using Stolen Credit Cards & Checks
Allen Varice, 25, of East Orange, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty. Varice also got three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $43,364.

Varice's conspirators - Dashawn Duncan, 27, of South Orange; Alexander Varice, 22, of South Orange; and Nasheed Jackson, 24, Tamir Duval, 22, and Qshaun Brown-Guinyard, 27, all of Newark, previously pleaded to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Duncan and Jackson were sentenced last month and each received a two-year sentence. Duval, Alexander Varice, and Brown-Guinyard are awaiting sentencing.

The credit cards and blank checks were stolen from various New Jersey-based U.S. Postal Service facilities and never reached their intended recipients. After obtaining the stolen credit cards, Allen Varice and his conspirators used them to make unauthorized purchases at various retail stores and to withdraw cash from automated teller machines (ATMs) in New Jersey and elsewhere. justice.gov

Bronx, New York, Man Gets 24 Months For Role in $1.4M Nationwide ID Theft Conspiracy
Miller participated in a network of individuals who obtained stolen payment card information and utilized the information to make fraudulent purchases throughout the United States. Miller previously acknowledged that he recruited so-called "travelers," who carried out the scheme. Miller personally profited from each of his recruits' illicit transactions. Miller also acknowledged providing stolen payment card and other personal information to other members of the scheme to facilitate additional fraudulent transactions.

In addition to the prison term three years supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $1.43 million. justice.gov

Dallas Man Used Stolen Credit Cards to Buy Tires in Four States & Gets 57 Months in Prison & $341,520 Restitution Order
Brandon Decorwyn Alexander, 30, pleaded guilty and unlawfully acquired victims' credit card numbers to rent vehicles and purchase tires starting in August 2017. Over 15 credit cards involving over 41 different merchants were fraudulently used. The defendant, along with co-conspirators, would call tire shops in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma and order tires using the stolen credit card information. He would then pick up the tires using vehicles he rented with the fraudulent credit card information.

Eboni Simone Arps, 30, from Waco participated in the scheme. Arps pleaded guilty to a misprision of a felony on November 9, 2020 and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, one year of supervised release and a $200 fine. justice.gov

Philadelphia, PA: Thief steals 40 pairs of eyeglasses worth $10K from Pearle Vision in Center City
Police are searching for a man seen on surveillance video stealing $10,000 worth of eyewear from a Center City store. The theft occurred around 6:24 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 13 at the Pearle Vision store on the 1500 block of Walnut Street. Police say the suspect somehow gained access into the store and is then seen on surveillance video picking up pairs of glasses from a display and putting them in a bag.

Ocala, FL: Police seeking man on credit card fraud after $10,000 purchase at Home Depot
The Ocala Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify a man wanted in connection with the fraudulent use of a credit card to the tune of $10,000. On Monday, July 12, the man pictured in the following photo was seen making a $10,000 purchase from the Home Depot located on SW 35th Terrace in Ocala. According to an OPD social media post, the man bought several Wi-Fi smart home accessories, including doorbells, vacuums and thermostats, as well as a generator, an oven, and a refrigerator. The man was seen arriving and departing the store in the following U-Haul box truck.

Grand Haven, MI: Police investigating armed robbery at T-Mobile Store
At least one of the robbers was armed with a handgun, police said. The robbery was reported at 3:03 p.m. at 604 N. Beacon Blvd.
Witnesses told police that five males, believed to 16 to 21 years old, entered the store wearing masks and hoods. They stole cellphones and tablets. mlive.com

Santa Ana, CA: The SAPD is searching for a Home Depot burglary suspect
May 2, 2021 Lucas Hudson Remained in the Home Depot in 1750E.Edinger Avenue, Outside business hours. When all the employees left the store, he pushed out a black husky tool chest for about $ 1,148.00. Hudson is currently on probation and has five open warrants.

Two Vauxhall Men Indicted in Scheme to Steal Mail, Commit $100k Credit Card Fraud & Defraud United States EIP Cards
NEWARK, N.J. -Jarid Brooks, 27, and his brother, Justin Brooks, 21, both of Vauxhall, New Jersey, from July 2019 to Oct. 6, 2020 obtained credit cards stolen from the U.S. mail by U.S. Postal Service letter carriers, and then fraudulently used those credit cards to make and attempt to make $100,000 in purchases including buying gift cards and electronics. justice.gov

Manchester Man Sentenced to 10 Months for $75K Access Device Fraud
Hayder Lefta, 25, of Manchester, NH, while working as a customer service representative at the Manchester Boston Regional Airport in 2018 and 2019, Lefta copied the credit card numbers of customers he served at the airport. He then used those credit card numbers, without authorization to go on undeserved spending sprees for himself and for friends. justice.gov

View ORC Archives

Case Goes Public?
Share it with the industry

Submit your ORC Association News

Visit ORC
Resource Center




Shootings & Deaths

Update: Edinboro, PA: Shooter in Wendy's killing gets Life Sentence plus 13-64 years as victim hailed as 'hero'
Markese D. Lampley represented himself, but no lawyer could likely have spared him the sentence he received in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. Lampley, 22, got a mandatory life sentence with no parole for fatally shooting Alexander Cavanah, 22, during an attempted robbery at the Wendy's restaurant near Edinboro, where Cavanah was a manager. The life sentence was for Lampley's conviction for second-degree murder, or a murder that occurs during a felony, such as a robbery. Judge John J. Trucilla also sentenced Lampley to an additional 13 to 64 years in state prison for Lampley's conviction for threatening seven other employees, one as young as 15, at the Wendy's. The murder and attempted robbery occurred inside the restaurant, off Route 6N outside Edinboro, shortly after 2 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2020. The additional charges included aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Judge Trucilla throughout the sentencing referred to Cavanah as "a hero," and said he was killed while trying to protect his coworkers from Lampley. goerie.com

Madison County, MS: Joshua Archie found guilty in the 2012 Party City murder
The main suspect in a deadly armed robbery that occurred at the Party City here in 2012 was sentenced to life without parole after roughly nine hours of jury deliberation on Friday evening. Joshua Leon Archie, 30, was sentenced to life without parole for a capital murder charge and five years for a conspiracy to commit a robbery charge. The jury made their decisions around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13 in Madison County Circuit Court after roughly nine hours of deliberation, according to District Attorney Bubba Bramlett. The trial began on Aug. 9. "It's over," Bramlett said simply, noting that it was probably the oldest case they had working at the time. The state did not seek the death penalty.
This was the third time Archie had stood trial for murder in relation to the incident. The previous two trials in 2017 and 2019 were declared mistrials. onlinemadison.com

Monterey County, CA: Detectives make arrest in 40-year-old cold case killing of Levi Strauss employee
Detectives in California have made an arrest in a 40-year-old unsolved killing after using modern DNA technology to test evidence from the case file. Sonia Carmen Herok Stone was a 30-year-old single mother living with her daughter in Monterey County when she was killed in 1981. She had worked as a merchandiser for Levi Strauss & Company, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office said in a news release. Her neighbor, Michael Glazebrook, was identified as a suspect in her killing and went to trial in 1983 -- but it ended in a hung jury and the district attorney decided not to retry the case, the sheriff's office said.

Late last year, sheriff's detectives and Deputy District Attorney Matt L'Heureux decided to reexamine Stone's case. They found several pieces of evidence that could be tested for DNA using technology that didn't exist in the 1980s, according to the sheriff's office. "The items were sent to the Department of Justice DNA lab for testing. Detectives also obtained a search warrant for a new sample of Glazebrook's DNA," the news release said. "Earlier this month we were informed that evidence from the Stone crime scene was a match to Glazebrook's DNA profile." Glazebrook, now 65, still lives in Monterey County. He was arrested Saturday night and booked into the Monterey County Jail on a warrant for murder, with bail set at $1 million, the sheriff's office said.
As a tribute to Stone, the detectives wore Levi's jeans during the operation to arrest Glazebrook, the sheriff's office said. cnn.com

Lawrence, KS: Police investigate death in Dillons Grocery store parking lot
A Lawrence man has been arrested in connection with a deadly stabbing Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a Dillons grocery store. Lawrence police said officers were called at 8:20 a.m. to 1015 W. 23rd St. and found a man dead and another man holding a knife. uthorities said officers convinced the man to drop the weapon. Police said the victim's dog was also hurt in the incident and was taken to an animal hospital. Authorities said Robert Earl Davis, 54, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder and cruelty to animals.

Queens, NY: 71-Year-Old Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting Store Clerk During Attempted Robbery
Police say a Queens man has been arrested after allegedly shooting a store clerk during an attempted robbery. It happened just before 2 p.m. on Aug. 12 at a grocery store in Briarwood. According to police, 71-year-old James Fraley walked into the store, pulled out a gun and demanded money from the store clerk. When the clerk told Fraley he didn't have any money, Fraley allegedly shot the man in the chest and ran off.
The clerk was taken to a local hospital and was last reported to be in stable condition. newyork.cbslocal.com


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Customer stabs three workers at tire store in argument over service
Three tire store employees ended up in the hospital Tuesday after an unhappy customer's complaints about the service turned dangerous, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office in upstate South Carolina. The customer - identified as Osaze Jonta Cooks - was also injured in the fight, department said in a release. Cooks, 35, is accused of stabbing three store employees in a fight at Simun's Tire Shop in Greenville.  newsobserver.com

Needham, MA: Person Stabbed, Employee Arrested at Restaurant Supply Store
A person was stabbed and a 65-year-old man arrested at a restaurant supply store in Needham, Massachusetts, Wednesday, police said. Angel Cartagena Resto, of Dorchester, faces charges of assault with intent to murder and battery with a dangerous weapon for incident, which took place just before 2 p.m., Needham police said. Officers were called to the scene, Restaurant Depot on First Avenue, and were able to take Cartagena Resto into custody -- he was still inside, police said. The stabbing victim was taken to a Boston hospital and was in stable condition, according to police.

Tucson, AZ: 84-year-old gets 21 years in prison for Tucson bank robbery; struggling to adjust to life on the outside
An 84-year-old man who spent most of his adult life behind bars for robbing banks was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 17, to more than 21 years in prison for
carrying out an armed heist at an Arizona credit union. Authorities say Robert Krebs carried out the January 2018 holdup in Tucson about seven months after he was released from prison as he was struggling to adjust to life on the outside. Krebs, who was in a wheelchair and had trouble hearing during his sentencing hearing, declined to answer a judge's question about whether he accepted responsibility for his actions.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer Zipps said Krebs doesn't appear to be remorseful and that his actions in the past have done damage to society and caused other people to be fearful. "This is the same type of conduct that he has been involved with his whole life," Zipps said.

Krebs' attorney, Erin Carrillo, said her client committed the Tucson robbery to return to prison because he didn't feel like he fit into society after spending decades in prison. "To get out of the freedom business and go back to the penitentiary - that's what he told me," Carrillo said.
Krebs served more than 30 years for a 1981 bank robbery in Florida and was sentenced to three years in prison after a 1966 conviction in Chicago for embezzling $72,000 from a bank where he worked as a teller. He also served an additional 17 years for theft and armed robbery convictions from Arizona dating to 1980. kold.com

Mendota, IL: Man accused of smash-and-grab burglaries will have mental health treatment
56-year old Craig Hynes of Mendota was accused of stealing sport memorabilia and clothing from businesses back in 2019. Judge Cynthia Raccuglia says the burglary counts will be dismissed while Hynes is in treatment. Hynes was found unfit for trial in 2020.

Pittsburgh Convenience Store Owner Gets 10 Yr's For Distributing Cocaine Out of His Store

Nashville, TN: Suspect charged in string of Berry Hill business Restaurant burglaries



Anti-Counterfeiting Group Seize Nearly 10,000 Fake Golf Clubs in China
A new report claims that a sequence of three counterfeit shakedowns have gone underway, capturing 9,769 clubs and numerous golf accessories, along with over 10,600 pieces of trademark tags and labels, according to Golfweek. The details were shared by the U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group, an organization made up of six golf companies, including Acushnet, (Footjoy, ScottyCameron and Titleist), Callaway, Cleveland (Srixon and Xxio), Ping, PXG, and TaylorMade. The group's work, since 2004, has ushered the closing down of more than 1,500 websites, and more than two million pieces of counterfeit golf merchandise have been detained and removed from commerce.

Lisa Rogan, Director of Brand Protection for Titleist, shared the motivation behind the group: "The job of protecting golfers across the world from counterfeiters is one we take tremendous pride in. Successful raids like these serve as a poignant reminder to all counterfeiters that their work will not be tolerated and that our group will work swiftly with law enforcement across the world to stop these illegal acts." One of the largest confiscations of fake golf equipment occurred in 2020, according to Golfweek. Over 120,000 components were seized, and 15 defendants faced penalties including prison time. The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group encourage diligence when purchasing golf products and being wary of potential counterfeiting opportunities. More information about fakes can be found at keepgolfreal.com hypebeast.com




Beauty - Castaneda, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Oconee County, GA - Burglary
C-Store - Queens, NY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Middlebury, VT - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Amarillo, TX - Armed Robbery
Cellphone - Grand Haven, MI - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Columbus, OH - Robbery
Dollar General - Rowland, NC - Burglary
Eyewear - Philadelphia, PA - Burglary
Gas Station - Castaneda, CA - Robbery
Gas Station- Williamsport, PA - Burglary
Guns - Lynnwood, WA - Burglary
Guns - Goleta, CA - Burglary
Liquor - Rome, GA - Burglary
Pharmacy - Arlington, VA - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Nashville, TN - Burglary
Restaurant - Castaneda, CA - Robbery
Restaurant - Boston, MA - Armed Robbery
Shoes - Pentagon City, VA - Robbery
Walgreens - Brookhaven, MS - Robbery
7 Eleven - Newport News, VA - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 13 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

Click to enlarge map



Dan McVey promoted to DC Asset Protection Manager for The Home Depot

Submit Your New Hires/Promotions or New Position






Featured Job Spotlights


Help Your Colleagues By Referring the Best

Refer the Best & Build the Best

Seasonal Asset Protection Associate
Charlotte, NC - posted August 10
The Asset Protection Associate (APA) is responsible for the detection, apprehension, or deterrence of customer and associate activity that could result in a loss to Ralph Lauren. APAs are also responsible for ensuring a safe environment for all customers, associates, and vendors...

Corporate Security Manager
Calabasas, CA - posted August 13
The Corporate Security Manager will, among other things, (a) be responsible for ensuring a safe and secure environment for our employees, vendors, and visitors, (b) develop, manage, execute and continuously improve corporate security processes and protocols, and (c) lead a team of security specialists at our corporate offices...

Area Loss Prevention Manager
Pittsburgh, PA and/or Cleveland, OH - posted July 30
Our Area Loss Prevention Managers ensure safe and secure stores through the objective identification of loss and risk opportunities. Our Area Loss Prevention Managers plan and prioritize to provide an optimal customer experience to their portfolio of stores. They thrive on supporting and building high performance teams that execute with excellence.

District Loss Prevention Manager
Chicago South / Illinois Central - posted July 28
The District Loss Prevention Manager develops and implements the Loss Prevention program for 6 -15 selling locations. The DLPM is responsible for driving results through achievement of goals related to inventory shortage, budget lines, cash variance and operational compliance...

Regional Manager LP, Audit & Firearms Compliance
Indianapolis, IN - posted July 21
The Central Regional Loss Prevention Manager is responsible for the control and reduction of shrinkage at the stores in their Territory and the company's Distribution Centers. Investigate and resolves all matters that jeopardize or cause a loss to the company's assets...

Senior AP Operations Manager, Supply Chain
Albany, OR - posted July 14
As a Senior Assets Protection Operations Manager (SAPOM), you'll manage a multi-level team comprised of both exempt AP leaders and non-exempt AP Security Specialists responsible for the execution of Assets Protection routines and initiatives to support secure environments and protect Target's profitability...


Featured Jobs

To apply to any of today's Featured Jobs, Click Here

View Featured Jobs   |   Post Your Job



What one writes, reads, clicks on, fills out, develops, downloads, views and listens to on the Internet becomes part of a permanent record, leaves a trail and opens up the gates for everyone. In today's world, "far away" is now sitting next to you, and if they're sitting next to you, what are they seeing? Caution rules the day.

Just a Thought,

We want to post your tips or advice... Click here


Not getting the Daily? Is it ending up in your spam folder?
Please make sure to add d-ddaily@downing-downing.com to your contact list, address book, trusted sender list, and/or company whitelist to ensure you receive our newsletter. 
Want to know how? Read Here

FEEDBACK    /    downing-downing.com    /    Advertise with The D&D Daily