Chris Ortega promoted to Director - DC Loss Prevention & Safety for The
Michaels Companies, Inc.
Chris has been with Michaels for more than 11 years, starting with the
company in 2009 as an LP Investigator. His most recent role before being
promoted was LP Investigations, eCommerce Fraud & Chargebacks Manager.
Before that, he held various other LP roles with the company, including
LP Investigations and Security Manager and Regional DC LP & Safety
Manager, among other positions. Earlier in his career, he spent more
than 3 years as an LP Manager with Sears. Congratulations, Chris!
APG Cash Drawer Promotes
Jarrett Buckholz to New Director
Cash Drawer, a global manufacturer of
cash management solutions
announces the promotion of Jarrett Buckholz to Director of Operations for North
America. Mr. Buckholz who celebrated 17 years at APG in June, will lead the
company’s North American manufacturing, material management, receiving and
warehouse in procurement, development and delivery of innovative cash management
See All the Executives 'Moving Up' Here
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New Dual-Sensor Camera from Axis:
Excellent overviews and detailed coverage helps cover every angle
Axis Communications announces AXIS P3715-PLVE Network Camera, a dual-sensor
camera designed for excellent wide angle overviews and zoomed-in detailed
coverage, around the clock and even in challenging light conditions. Ideal for
school hallways and corridors, it can monitor two different views with a single
With its unique peanut-shaped dome design, this multidirectional camera offers
cost-effective installation and flexible positioning of both varifocal camera
heads. Each head can be individually controlled to capture scenes in two
directions simultaneously. It’s also possible to position the two cameras close
together to capture both a wide angle and zoomed-in view of the same target.
Read more here
Learn more about Axis' integrated solutions that address the challenges of
today's unique retail environment in today's Vendor Spotlight below.
Checkpoint's RFID Solution Helps Quarantine Products to Ensure Shopper Safety
As apparel retailers reopen their brick-and-mortar businesses, one unexpected
challenge they face centers around fitting rooms. Customer discomfort with using
fitting rooms during the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cause an increase in
returns as garments are purchased without being tried on for size.
Checkpoint Systems has released a solution that leverages RFID technology to
help retailers manage the quarantining of garments and other goods after they
have been tried on or returned, thereby helping to prevent the transmission of
COIVD-19 as stores reopen. The solution, known as
Inventory Quarantine (IQ),
helps stores ensure that goods are properly removed from the sales floor for
preset intervals after they have been tried on or received back from a customer,
or after they have arrived from another store. The cloud-based
software-as-a-service solution automates the capturing of data indicating when
an item was put into quarantine. It is designed to alert sales personnel once
that quarantine period has ended, as well as help them locate items that are
ready to return to the sales floor.
BLM Movement - The Retail
Consumers Boycott - Brands Respond
'Boycott for Black Lives'
People plan to stop spending at companies that don't support BLM
June 19 (Juneteenth), advocates of Black Lives Matter plan to support the
namesake civil rights movement by not spending money with companies that
aren't aligned with the movement or have remained silent. Some efforts
include boycotting celebrities and politicians who've been vocal in opposition
to the movement.
One Facebook event titled Boycott for Black Lives will feature a list of public
figures and organizations people can boycott.
“Our overall objective is to encourage companies and people to stop
participating in anti-Black behavior, and we’re doing this by withholding
our dollars and protesting with our pockets,” Carmie Basnight, co-organizer of
Boycott for Black Lives, told USA TODAY.
Fight Against Racism Targets Familiar Retail Brands
some 130 years, Aunt Jemima will soon be no more. And Uncle Ben
appears to be on his way out, too. Mrs. Butterworth's could also be in
According to reports, those products will gain a new name and look later this
year, and consumers should notice them on supermarket shelves by fall. No
other immediate details about the fate of existing Aunt Jemima products were
available by Wednesday afternoon.
PepsiCo, through Quaker Oats, owns Aunt Jemima.
Walmart’s Black Executives Lost Ground Since Five Years Ago
Walmart is now ‘thoroughly reviewing’ its
As civil unrest over systemic racism roils the U.S., Walmart Inc.’s chief
executive officer has pledged to make changes giving the company’s 340,000 Black
workers more opportunities. According to the company’s latest diversity report,
they need them.
The share of senior Black executives at the world’s largest retailer has
declined since 2015, while the share of Black mid-level managers has stagnated,
the report shows. The information is only updated through 2018, so does not
account for recent promotions and departures, and the company says the numbers
have improved since then.
Many of Walmart’s rivals, like Target Corp., are also struggling to create a
more diverse workforce. And Walmart’s leadership ranks are more diverse than
the overall retail industry, according to composite figures provided for
comparison in Walmart’s diversity report.
Voices of protest, crying for change, ring across US, beyond
Publix supermarkets won't allow Black Lives Matter garb, responds to Black teen
Taco Bell says employees can wear BLM masks after a worker was fired for wearing
Google commits $175 million to racial equity with focus on black-owned
Here’s a running list of all the companies observing Juneteenth tomorrow
Best Buy, J.C. Penney, Nike & Target among
retailers making it a paid holiday
- More Arrests
Less Than 10% of Demonstrators Were
Here’s how many George Floyd protesters in NYC came from outside the city
Only about 9 percent of demonstrators protesting the police killing of
George Floyd in New York City came from outside the five boroughs,
according to a location-based study.
thing we’re seeing in New York and virtually all cities, is that most
protesters were residents. There were not that many ‘thugs’ coming from outside
areas — which would appear to contradict the popular narrative,” Anindya
Datta, CEO of the data analytics firm Mobilewalla, told the Post.
Of the 8,152 New York City protesters tracked via their cellphones during three
days of protests between May 29 and May 31, the majority of outsiders came
from nearby counties in New York and New Jersey, such as Westchester or
Bergen, according to data provided by Mobilewalla.
The majority of far-away protesters — roughly 228 or 2.8 percent — came from the
Arlington, Va. area, while others flocked from states including
Colorado, California and Arizona.
Ex-Atlanta cop Rolfe faces murder charges, possible death penalty,
in Rayshard Brooks case
ex-Atlanta cop who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks will be charged with felony
murder — and could face the death penalty, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Garrett Rolfe, 27, who was fired Saturday after shooting Brooks twice in the
back during a scuffle outside a Wendy’s restaurant, will face 11 charges in
all — including aggravated assault, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard
said at a press conference.
Howard said the second officer involved in Brooks’ death, Devin Brosnan,
26, will face three charges, including aggravated assault — but will testify
against Rolfe, the first time an Atlanta cop has crossed the thin blue
Queens Man Charged In Connection With Arson Of An NYPD
Vehicle In Manhattan
Staples Man Charged In Minneapolis Police Third Precinct
Trenton, NJ: Man Arrested for Attempting to Ignite Police
Vehicle During Protests
Ocala, FL: Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Possession Of A
Gainesville, GA: Men indicted on federal arson charges
for setting fire to police car
New Mexico Shooting Raises Specter Of Right-Wing Violence Around Statue Protests
Police Reform in America
Lawmakers Clash - States & Cities Take Action
GOP & Dems clash over dueling police reform proposals
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out firmly against a Democratic plan to
overhaul policing on Tuesday, saying that Democrats want to "federalize all
of these issues. That's a non-starter. The House version is going nowhere in
The emerging GOP plan has a major emphasis on incentivizing states to take
action. The Democratic plan, in contrast, has a heavy emphasis on setting
national standards, such as mandates for federal uniformed officers to wear
body cameras and banning chokeholds.
GOP Sen. Scott said Tuesday that his proposal does not include an outright ban
on chokeholds but argued "we get very, very close to that place" by blocking
federal grant funds to departments that don't ban chokeholds themselves.
Democrats on Monday announced legislation to overhaul procedures by law
enforcement officers, limit the use of deadly force, ban racial profiling and
set up a national database to track use-of-force incidents.
More than 220 House Democrats have signed onto the House legislation, a strong
sign of Democratic support that ensures it will pass that chamber next week.
Here Are the Differences Between the Senate and House Bills to Overhaul Policing
Minnesota State to review law enforcement education programs
Cities across US announce police reform following mass protests against
NYPD cops encouraged to ‘strike’ on July 4 to give city its ‘independence’
Coronavirus Tracker: June 18
US: Over 2.2M Cases - 120K Dead - 921K Recovered
Over 8.5M Cases - 453K Dead - 4.4M Recovered
Officers From the COVID-19 Pandemic: 48 |
NYPD Deaths: 45
Private Industry Security Guard Deaths: 150
3 states just broke records for new COVID-19 cases, as they vow to stay open
Infections soar in Florida, Texas & Arizona
NYC Will Enter 'Phase 2' of Reopening on Monday, Mayor Says
New York City, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United
States, will enter its next phase of reopening on Monday, with as many as
300,000 workers expected to get back to work as outdoor dining, in-store
shopping and office work resumes, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed on
The move, which Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday could go forward, will
put the city one step further on its path to economic recovery from a
devastating virus that killed more than 21,000 residents and triggered one of
the strictest shutdowns in the United States.
Under New York’s plan, outdoor dining, some in-store shopping, hair salons,
barbershops, real estate firms and some offices in the city would be allowed to
reopen in the second phase, with social distancing and restrictions on capacity.
Playgrounds will also reopen during Phase 2, Mr. de Blasio said.
The newly reopened businesses will likely offer a jolt of energy to New York
City’s streets, which had been eerily quiet as the state’s lockdown orders
shuttered businesses and kept residents at home. The looser restrictions are
also expected to send more riders onto the city’s public transportation system,
especially the subway, where ridership plunged by more than 90 percent as the
Consumers to be more conservative in spending once stores fully reopen,
utilize omnichannel options more
Thirty-eight percent of consumers said they will be more conservative in their
spending as it relates to shopping in the future once respective state and
national business restrictions lift, according to a survey from digital commerce
provider Scalefast. And 29% report they will spend less during the holidays.
In the report, “Rebuilding Retail,” consumers also said that moving forward, due
to COVID-19 they are more likely to order online and pickup curbside (35%),
utilize a third-party delivery service (24%), and set up and use contactless
About a third of consumers are shopping at pre-COVID-19 levels.
They're just doing it online.
According to a
report from PYMNTS.com, 32.8% of shoppers are buying retail goods as much as
they did before the coronavirus outbreak but are now making their purchases
online. That's higher than the number of consumers who have moved online more
often to shop for groceries or to order from restaurants, which stand at 12.8%
and 16.1% respectively.
UK: Supermarkets look to collaborate to combat coronavirus
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is exploring where collaboration could help
supermarkets and whether there are implications for competition law. “We are
hoping to secure guidance from Defra/CMA to allow members to plan the forms of
collaboration which might be available should the situation deteriorate, such as
sharing data, collaborating on product specifications and aligning store
opening,” the BRC added.
Fitting room coronavirus closures make it hard for bridal, menswear shops
Scammers Exploiting Legitimate Coronavirus Contact Tracing
22Miles Delivers First of a Suite of Protection-as-a-Service Digital Signage
Solutions to Support a Safe Return to Work
Atlanta Security Director Pleads Guilty to Gun Fraud Scheme
Used Hospital Funds to Buy & Sell Guns for 100% Profit
Richardson, former DeKalb Medical Center, Inc. (DeKalb Medical) Director of
Security, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently using hospital funds to
acquire multiple handguns that he then sold for his personal benefit and
“Richardson abused his position at the hospital, and manipulated the system for
personal profit,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “His actions diverted
hospital funds that could have been used to purchase critical medical
After acquiring firearms purchased with hospital money, Richardson advertised
that he had guns for sale at gun courses he taught in South Carolina and
on his social media sites. He eventually sold many of them for 100%
profit. According to ATF records, and Richardson’s own admission, he
acquired approximately 100 firearms since the inception of his fraud
RILA: Retailers Applaud SCOTUS Decision: LGBTQ Employees Protected
Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the trade
association for America’s leading retailers, issued the following statement
Monday in response to the
United States Supreme Court decision holding that Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees:
"Today’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision affirming that LGBTQ employees
cannot be discriminated against in the workplace is cause for celebration.
Leading retailers are committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for
all people, whether they are employees, customers, or business partners. To
promote inclusivity at work, everyone should feel protected from discrimination
and have access to the same legal federal protections. RILA and our members are
thrilled the Supreme Court has unequivocally delivered these rights to our LGBTQ
colleagues and friends."
RILA: During COVID-19 crisis, Dreamers helped to keep stores open
NRF: Retailers applaud Supreme Court ruling supporting dreamers
National Retail Federation welcomed today’s
U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
program. NRF was among more than 140 businesses and trade associations that
filed a friend-of-the-court brief last year asking the Supreme Court to uphold
DACA. NRF has argued that ending the program would upend the lives of young
immigrants, lead to businesses losing valuable talent, and cause disruptions in
“This is a landmark ruling that inherently recognizes that these young people
are law-abiding, tax-paying Americans who have never known adult life anywhere
else,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “They are both valued workers
and, in many cases, entrepreneurs and business owners. Some of them are
healthcare workers fighting to protect our nation against the coronavirus
pandemic. An adverse decision would have inflicted significant harm on
individuals, businesses and the U.S. economy. Even with this ruling, it is still
important for Congress to pass legislation permanently protecting these
individuals so their future will never be in question again.”
NRF: May retail sales improve dramatically over April but still below last year
AT&T to shutter 250 stores and lay off thousands
J.C. Penney begins liquidation sales at 136 stores in 37 states
Neiman Marcus says it's on track to exit bankruptcy by fall
Subway franchisees to hire 50,000 workers as it brings back $5 footlong deal
Hudson Accelerates Reopening Of 700 Shuttered Stores At U.S. Airports
Tulsa, OK: QuikTrip closing some downtown stores due to safety concerns ahead of
Arizona Bush Fire doubles in size as California wildfires break out
Kroger Q1 comp's without fuel up 19%, digital sales up 92%, total sales
excluding fuel up 19.1%
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Having a Prosperous LP Career Without Compromising Ethical & Moral Standards
By John Velke, SVP of Risk Management & Loss Prevention, Total Wine & More; NRF
LP Advisory Council, 2000-2016
recent news that several security executives and contractors at EBay have
been charged with serious crimes apparently motivated by a desire to please
their higher-ups disturbs me. What is not yet clear is whether their bosses
directed or knew what they were doing. Regardless, if the allegations made in
their indictments are true, their behavior was nothing less than horrific.
Perhaps what bothers me the most is that apparently none of the accused had the
moral courage to say, “Stop, this crosses the line, and I won’t be part of it.”
The suggestion they might have been concerned about their career and livelihood
by taking a stand might be legitimate, but I’m writing today to let your readers
know that that concern is not justified.
For every media story about a bad security/loss prevention/asset protection
executive who made poor choices there are hundreds of non-published stories of
executives who made a different choice and did not suffer negative career or
livelihood choices. To illustrate this point, but without getting into the
details, I’ll share with your readers that during my 40+ year career I have been
asked or directed by someone above me five times to do something that crossed my
ethical line. In several instances I was given a directive that would have
violated the law. The first time was when I was 23 years old. I refused a direct
order from my boss (who has long since left the industry) and went home. I
expected to get a call that evening telling me not to come back to work. Instead
I got a call back from my boss’s boss and he asked me to tell him what happened.
After explaining what I had been told to do and why I refused, he told me to
come back to work the next day and that he would handle it - and he did. Several
months later I was promoted, and my career began to take off.
In every instance after that, when asked to do something I felt crossed the line
I quietly met with the executive (up to and including CEO’s), explained why what
was being asked of me was improper, and made it clear that I would not be part
of it. I am certain that in several of those instances the executive simply did
not understand the ethical or legal reason for my concern, and once explained,
the directive was withdrawn. In only one instance did I feel the executive took
my refusal as defiance of his authority over me. He and I both knew he could not
use my refusal as a reason to fire me, but I also knew that the culture he had
created was not going to work for me long-term. I left that company on my own
terms and timeframe.
There are two lessons I hope you get from this. One - people in high places
don’t always understand the legal implications and consequences of their
directives, and two - you can enjoy a long and prosperous career in this
industry without compromising your ethical standards and morals. The key is to
face these infrequent misguided directives in a calm, professional way, that
allows the person giving them an opportunity to save face.
Click here to read more insights from John Velke in excerpts from his book,
'Prove 'Em Innocent: The Art & Science of Workplace Investigations'
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BEC Attacks on the C-Suite Dropped 37% in Q1
While hackers focus more on targeting Accounts Payable departments
Business email compromise (BEC) attacks increasingly are targeting accounts
payable departments and attempting to establish trust via email exchanges
before launching an attack.
Ken Liao, vice president of marketing at Abnormal Security, says people who
work in finance or accounts payable often don't know every vendor – many
companies have hundreds, even thousands of vendors and suppliers.
"The AP people are lower in the organization, but they still have the ability to
make large payments," Liao says. "The criminals impersonate the vendor by
folding into the natural workflow."
The numbers don't lie: In a report released today, Abnormal Security saw a 28%
increase in the size and frequency of BEC attacks over the fourth quarter of
2019 and a 17% increase in large campaigns aimed at 10 or more recipients.
Individual BEC attacks targeting the C-suite dropped by 37%.
AWS said it mitigated a 2.3 Tbps DDoS attack, the largest ever
Amazon said its AWS Shield service mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever
recorded, stopping a 2.3 Tbps attack in mid-February this year. The incident was
disclosed in the company's
AWS Shield Threat Landscape [PDF], a report detailing web attacks mitigated
by Amazon's AWS Shield protection service.
The report didn't identify the targeted AWS customer but said the attack was
carried out using hijacked CLDAP web servers and caused three days of
"elevated threat" for its AWS Shield staff. CLDAP
Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) is an alternative to the older LDAP
protocol and is used to connect, search, and modify Internet-shared directories.
The protocol has been abused for DDoS attacks since late 2016, and CLDAP servers
are known to amplify DDoS traffic by 56 to 70 times its initial size, making it
a highly sought-after protocol and a common option provided by DDoS-for-hire
The previous record for the largest DDoS attack ever recorded was of 1.7 Tbps,
mitigated by NETSCOUT Arbor in March 2018. Before that, the biggest DDoS attack
ever recorded was a 1.3 Tbps DDoS attack that hit GitHub, a month before, in
Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Security & Risk Management Spending Growth to Slow
but Remain Positive in 2020
Short-Term Demand for Cloud & Remote Worker Security Props Up Overall Market
Worldwide spending on information security and risk management technology and
services will continue to grow through 2020, although at a lower rate than
previously forecast, according to Gartner, Inc.
Information security spending is expected to grow 2.4% to reach $123.8 billion
in 2020. This is down from the 8.7% growth Gartner projected in
its December 2019 forecast update.
The coronavirus pandemic is driving
short-term demand in areas such as cloud adoption, remote worker technologies
and cost saving measures.
“Like other segments of IT, we expect security will be negatively impacted by
the COVID-19 crisis,” said Lawrence Pingree, managing vice president at Gartner.
“Overall we expect a pause and a reduction of growth in both security software
and services during 2020.”
“However, there are a few factors in favor of some security market segments,
such as cloud-based offerings and subscriptions, being propped up by demand or
delivery model. Some security spending will not be discretionary and the
positive trends cannot be ignored,” he said.
New SOC Research Reveals Security Teams Overconfident
in Detecting Cyberthreats
A new report that examines the processes and effectiveness of corporate security
operations centers (SOCs) reveals that 82% of SOCs are confident in the ability
to detect cyberthreats, despite just 22% of frontline workers tracking mean time
to detection (MTTD), which helps determine hacker dwell time.
unfounded confidence, says the
2020 State of the SOC Report, is that 40% of organizations still struggle
with SOC staff shortages and finding qualified people to fill the cybersecurity
"From 2018-2019, we learned that dwell time - or, the time between when a
compromise first occurs and when it is first detected - has grown. Based on
this, it is surprising for SOCs to report such inflated confidence in detecting
cyberthreats," said Steve Moore, chief security strategist at Exabeam. "We see
great progress in the SOC with attention paid to employee well-being, measures
for better communication and more. However, disparate perceptions of the SOCs’
effectiveness could be dangerously interpreted by the C-suite as assurances that
the company is well-protected and secure, when it’s not."
Highlighting the imbalance is that SOC leaders and frontline analysts do not
agree on the most common threats facing the organization. SOC leaders believe
that phishing and supply chain vulnerabilities are more important issues,
while analysts see DDoS attacks and ransomware as greater threats.
compliance guidance offers risk-management lessons for cybersecurity leaders
Prosecutors use this guidance to assess criminal liability in a compliance
breach, so it behooves business and security leaders to understand the
Target's former CISO joins FireEye as Chief Strategy Officer
Zoom ‘Will Mostly Run On Amazon Cloud For Foreseeable Future’, Says AWS CEO Andy
Leadership and COVID-19: How to Lead Your Cannabis Business During a Crisis
Leading through a crisis situation like the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging in
all industries, and the cannabis industry is no exception. From effectively
meeting customers’ needs and generating revenue to keeping employees motivated,
effective leadership is critical to keeping a cannabis business or ancillary
To be an effective leader during times of uncertainty and change, you need to
lead by example, communicate often, and take risks. There is no roadmap to
follow when the economy shuts down. However, it’s up to you to lead your team
and your business through any crisis. By focusing on innovation, motivation, and
emotional intelligence, you’ll be well-positioned to do it successfully.
Prioritize Innovation over the Status Quo
What your cannabis business has been doing is unlikely to continue working
during a crisis. Being agile is the new norm and being able to pivot as
changes occur is crucial to surviving – and even thriving – during any crisis,
including a global pandemic like coronavirus.
Be a Motivator
As a leader, you can motivate your employees by giving them a reason to want to
work. It’s natural for employees to become unmotivated, especially during a
crisis when things change continually. Most people dislike change.
Exercise Emotional Intelligence:
Despite COVID-19, NY Still Pushing Toward Legalization of Recreational Cannabis
Just when the COVID-19 started to spread, New York’s lawmakers and advocates
were already over a year in the process of legalizing recreational cannabis
for adults 21 and older. Political negotiations were made, proposals were
presented from all sides but a “final deal” did not take place since, among
other things, issues with the tax revenue were not resolved at the time. On top
of this, to this day, New York has been hit the hardest by COVID-19 and the
numbers are only slowly decreasing with 288,000 affected and over 17,000
last week, one of the top lawmakers in New York expressed their hope to finally
get marijuana legalized this year despite COVID-19 being in the spotlight.
Apparently, one of the main hurdles was financial. It just didn’t fit
into the governor’s budget anymore that currently needs to be used for
effectively diminishing the COVID-19.
Other options would be ballot referendums that were used in states, such as
California, Nevada, Maine and Oregon. These are usually introduced by
lawmakers and activists that collect enough petition signatures to get the
referendum on the ballot but it’s been argued that in New York’s case this would
be very difficult to achieve due to the special type of infrastructure that it
has compared to other states.
How cannabis retailers can operate safely during and in the aftermath of
Keeping Your Cannabis Business Safe: Q&A Session with Cybersecurity Expert
Amazon uses Augmented Reality in warehouses to help with social distancing
the outside, at least, Amazon’s COVID-19 response has been a mixed bag. The
company has noted in various reports the things it’s been doing in an attempt to
curb the virus’s spread — particularly among warehouse employees deemed
essential workers. But various attorneys general, senators and other lawmakers
have demanded more information about working conditions, infection rates and the
firings of multiple whistleblowers.
These days, the company is hoping to shed a bit more light on what it’s doing
within the warehouse setting to deal with the novel coronavirus. This morning,
it showcased a new “Distance Assistant” designed to help workers maintain a
WHO-prescribed social distance of six feet.
Amazon’s VP and robotics head Brad Porter detailed the augmented reality system
that’s already in place in a smattering of the company’s fulfillment centers. “The
standalone unit uses machine learning models to differentiate people from their
surroundings. Combined with depth sensors, it creates an accurate distance
measurement between associates. As people walk past the camera, a monitor
displays live video with visual overlays to show if associates are within six
feet of one another. Individuals remaining six feet apart are highlighted
with green circles, while those who are closer together are highlighted with red
Amazon says it’s set to roll out hundreds of additional systems in its
buildings over the next few weeks, due to positive feedback over early
Amazon's Jeff Bezos calls on companies to commemorate Juneteenth
In a memo to employees Tuesday, Bezos encouraged them to cancel all meetings
on Friday to honor Juneteenth, which celebrates the emancipation of Black
people from slavery in the U.S. On that date in 1865, Union Gen. Gordon Granger
read the Emancipation Proclamation to African Americans.
Rather than making it a company holiday, Amazon will offer a “range of online
learning opportunities” for employees throughout the day, Bezos said. He
added that employees should “take some time to reflect, learn and support each
Authentic Brands brings Forever 21 back online
Fraudulent Returns Scheme on Steroids
DOJ Charges: RI Businessman Charged with Running Elaborate Scheme
to Defraud Amazon
RI., The former owner of an East Providence automobile transport company who is
awaiting sentencing in federal court for fraudulently obtaining more than
$400,000 from various financial institutions and using the stolen personal
identifying information of another person to continue to illegally operate his
auto hauling business after being ordered to shut down for safety violations,
was arrested and charged today with allegedly executing an elaborate scheme
to defraud Amazon.
It is alleged in court documents that Michael Chaves, 40, former owner of CAT
Inc., executed a scheme to defraud Amazon through fraudulent transactions and
theft of inventory through falsely represented returns. It is alleged
that Chaves ordered thousands of products from Amazon and replaced the
original products with lesser value replacements, often items different than
the ones he originally ordered, before returning the packages to Amazon for
According to court documents, since March 2017, Chaves has held approximately
30 Amazon customer accounts under various names and email addresses. Over
this time period, Chaves’ accounts placed approximately 10,795 orders
totaling approximately $713,970.78, most of which have been refunded based
on Chaves’ return of the items purchased. Chaves received a total of
approximately $643,324.04 in concessions or refunds on approximately 7,450
orders, including nearly approximately 7,200 items that were physically returned
to Amazon. Many of the returned items were sent back in the original packaging
in an attempt to deceive Amazon’s incoming inspection process. Amazon’s standard
inspection process flagged approximately 149 of the returned items as
potentially fraudulent, valued at $23,872.89.
Chaves has six active Amazon accounts. The majority of Chaves’ purchases and
returns consist of auto and commercial motor vehicle parts. Chaves also
purchased and returned many other non-vehicle related items, including, but not
limited to; electronics including cellular telephones and televisions, household
items including chandeliers, closet organizers, lawn sheds, lawn mowers and
vacuum cleaners. Most of these items were returned in an unsellable condition.
A United Parcel Service (UPS) driver told investigators that he would stop at
Chaves’ business location every day delivering Amazon packages and picking up
returns, often times dropping off an Amazon package one day and picking up the
same package the next day as a return back to Amazon.
Chaves having pleaded guilty in August 2019 to falsification of US DOT records,
aggravated identity theft, five-counts of bank fraud, two-counts of wire fraud,
and tax evasion.
Kingman, AZ: ORC Suspect denied new attorney amid plea offer for five cases
Austin Richard Peacock, 25, asked Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle for a new
attorney, arguing that he has not been in contact with his defense attorney, Jon
Gillenwater. The defendant is being held in county jail on a $15,000 bond.
Gillenwater said he has been in contact with his client only once since taking
the case in March but that another attorney and an investigator in his office
also have contacted the defendant.
Carlisle again denied Peacock’s request for a new attorney, ruling he didn’t
find a complete breakdown in the communication with his defense attorney. Deputy
Mohave County Attorney Jeff Pyper also offered a new plea deal, stipulating a
10-year prison sentence. Peacock previously rejected another plea offer, which
stipulated a 13-year prison sentence. At the last hearing, Carlisle explained
the sentencing ranges in all five cases where Peacock faces up to 200 years in
prison if he is convicted of all 12 charges. The sentences could run
consecutively to each other since the alleged crimes took place on separate
occasions. Peacock is charged in three 2020 cases of crimes including forgery
and misdemeanor theft in one case, organized retail theft in another and
trafficking in stolen property and two counts of organized retail theft in a
Victoria, BC, CN: Man stopped outside Real Canadian Superstore with $1,100 of
stolen items spits at Loss Prevention
Police were told the man spat before walking away from the cart. They located
him near the store and learned that he had also been breaching court-ordered
curfew conditions by being away from his home. A search of his backpack located
more items that had not been paid for.
White Township, PA: PA State Police seeking Lowe’s Power Toll
Shootings & Deaths
Update: Dallas, TX: Police Release Surveillance Picture As Search Continues For
Galleria Dallas Shooter
police released an image of the gunman responsible for a shooting Tuesday at
Galleria Dallas. It’s a chilling still frame of security camera video showing a
man pointing a gun inside the mall. According to Dallas police, two young men go
into an argument in the third floor food around 6:45 p.m. — just before closing.
Police believe the victim and suspect knew each other. The Galleria Dallas
opened for regular hours on Wednesday. One person was shot and the unidentified
gunman is still on the loose.
Prince George County, VA: Wanted man shot by officers outside Lowe’s
wanted man suffered non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after an
officer-involved shooting in Prince George County. Police say the incident began
at approximately 4:05 p.m., in a parking lot on Waterside Road, when members of
the Prince George County Police Department attempted to execute an arrest
warrant originating from the City of Petersburg. Police say the suspect,
identified as a 20-year-old Colonial Heights man, was also the subject of an
on-going Prince George County investigation involving guns, drugs, and a prior
high-speed police pursuit. Dramatic cell phone video shows the incident which
happened between a Lowe's store and the Virginia Eye Institute in the Waterside
Commons shopping center.
Nashville, TN: Armed citizen shoots would-be robber in Opry Mills parking lot
An armed citizen shot a man who attempted to rob him in the Opry Mills parking
lot Wednesday night. Metro police were called to the shopping center around 7:15
p.m. The suspect approached the victim with a revolver and demanded his
belongings, according to Metro police. The victim then reportedly pulled out a
handgun in self-defense and shot the suspect in the knee. Metro police said the
suspect ran away and was found in front of the Opryland Hotel a short time
later. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The
victim was not injured in the exchange.
Rochester, NY: Man accused of killing Chappa Grocery Store owner arraigned
The man accused of killing a local store owner is due back in court later this
week. 30-year-old Gilberto Rivera was arraigned Wednesday morning. He's charged
with second-degree murder following his arrest Tuesday. Police say Rivera and
another person tried to rob the Chappa Grocery Store in Rochester back in April.
Robberies, Incidents & Thefts
Santa Ana, CA: Gang member kidnaps elderly man, forces him to pay for shopping
California gang member with a rap sheet dating back 30 years allegedly kidnapped
an 82-year-old man from his home and forced him to shell out money for food,
alcohol and clothes during an hourslong ordeal, local cops said. Video released
by Santa Ana Police shows the two men inside a Warehouse Shoe Sale, where the
victim pays for multiple clothing items while Arechiga, wearing a red bandana on
his face, stands in wait.
Clemmons, NC: Zip-tied and doused with gas, NC gas station clerk escapes fire
Arsonist sentenced to 26 years. A gas station clerk was doused with fuel, bound
with zip ties and watching the store burn around him as two men made off with
cash from the register and more than $1,000 in tobacco products, according to
court filings and media reports. Now, nearly a year-and-a-half later, one of the
perpetrators has been sentenced. A federal judge in North Carolina ordered David
Curtis Smith, 59, to spend at least 26.5 years in prison after he pleaded guilty
to robbery, carjacking, brandishing a firearm and arson.
Philadelphia, PA: Looters stole $90,000 in electronics from Olney shop
The group allegedly forced open the security gates of Global Electronics on N.
Fifth St., around 2 a.m. on May 31. Police said they stole televisions,
cellphones, radios, speakers and others electronics – plus a gun.
Tampa, FL: Police Release video showing Sprint Store being looted
This footage was taken on May 31 inside a Sprint store along Dale Mabry Highway,
in Tampa, Florida. After breaking through windows, individuals can be seen
rummaging through the store and making off with items.
Syracuse, NY: Police investigating burglary at Destiny USA
Early Wednesday morning, Syracuse Police responded to Destiny USA to investigate
a possible burglary. Officers found damage to an exterior window that led into
the mall. Inside, men’s designer and urban fashion store, Levels, was found to
be broken into. A register was tampered with and clothes were taken.
Sandy Springs, GA: Duo arrested for allegedly zip tying T-Mobile employees
during a cell phone store robbery
Lakewood, WA: Rifles, ammo stolen in Lakewood Big 5 burglary; reward offered
Nine Pharmacists Charged for Role in $12.1 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
Nine pharmacists were charged in three separate indictments unsealed last week
for their alleged participation in a $12.1 million health care fraud scheme
executed in Detroit and southern Ohio. The nine defendants are licensed
pharmacists and/or owners of pharmacies in Michigan and Ohio: Eastside Pharmacy
Inc. (Eastside), Harper Drugs Inc. (Harper Drugs), Wayne Campus Pharmacy LLC
(Wayne Campus), Universal Pharmacy LLC (Universal) and City Drugs Pharmacy Inc.
(City Drugs), each located in the Detroit metro area, and Heartland Pharmacy LLC
(Heartland) and Heartland Pharmacy 2 LLC (Heartland 2), which are located in
The indictments allege that, using the pharmacies, the defendants billed
Medicare, Medicaid, and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) for prescription
medications that were neither purchased nor dispensed. The indictments further
allege that the defendants billed Medicare and Medicaid for medications that
were often medically unnecessary and for some medications that were purportedly
dispensed to deceased beneficiaries after their dates of death.
Auto Parts – Columbus,
OH – Burglary
Auto Parts – Columbus,
OH – Burglary (2 of 2)
Auto Parts – Levy
County, FL – Burglary
C-Store – Janesville,
WI – Armed Robbery
C-Store – Peru, VT –
C-Store – Laredo, TX –
C-Store – Laclede
County, MO – Robbery
CVS – Nottingham, MD –
CVS – Suffolk County,
NY – Robbery
CVS – Clovis, CA –
Check Cashing – Bronx,
NY – Armed Robbery
Farm & Fleet – Sioux
Falls, SD – Burglary
Gas Station – Dallas,
TX – Armed Robbery
Grocery – San Antonio,
TX – Robbery
Grocery – Lewes, DE –
Liquor – Farmington,
CT - Burglary
Mall – Syracuse, NY –
Burglary (Destiny USA)
Marijuana – Gresham,
OR – Robbery
Pharmacy – Perry Hall,
MD – Burglary
Pharmacy – St George,
UT – Burglary
Fayetteville, NC - Burglary (Dunkin)
T-Mobile – Sandy
Springs, GA – Robbery
7-Eleven – Parkland,
WA – Armed Robbery
• 13 robberies
• 10 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed
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