MAN CAUSES TENS OF THOUSANDS IN LOSSES WITH RETAIL THEFT SCHEME
- BSO Case Number: BS12-02-2334
- PIO Number: 12-5-25
- Date: Feb. 19-May 13, 2012
- Time: N/A
- Place of Occurrence: Various
- Jurisdiction: Broward County
- State of Florida
- Jumoke Williams, 24, male, 6/10/87, 2914 NW 55 Avenue, Lauderhill (IN CUSTODY)
Description of Incident:
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Organized Retail Crime unit arrested a man for defrauding retailers and US residents with a retail theft scheme.
Working closely with the loss prevention departments from several national and local businesses and the U. S. Secret Service, BSO detectives arrested Jumoke Williams, 24, on May 22, following a three-month investigation into his criminal activity.
Williams first caught the attention of loss prevention personnel at Home Depot on Feb. 22 when they flagged various online orders. The orders were scheduled for pick up at a store in South Florida. As Home Depot investigators looked into the matter and began contacting the credit card holders to validate the purchase, they realized the purchases were fraudulent.
Williams made a business out of placing orders online and falsifying everything needed in order to retrieve the merchandise. He then sold the merchandise, which ranged from drills and generators to computers and comforters, at pawn shops or on the street. BSO detectives investigating Williams found that in a period of three months he executed at least 15 fraudulent transactions targeting at least six local businesses, he used at least five different aliases and utilized the credit cards of at least a dozen unsuspecting victims throughout the U.S. Detectives obtained a search warrant for his home and recovered dozens of credit cards, gift cards, personal IDs and tax information of potential victims.
Williams faces a slew of charges including credit card fraud, organized scheme to defraud, criminal use of personal identification information and grand theft. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.
The BSO Organized Retail Crime Unit was formed in October 2011 to address the retail theft epidemic that is the non-traditional organized crime. The National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates this type of crime accounts for $30 billion a year in losses to retailers. In Florida, that accounts for $106 million a year in lost tax revenue.
***MEDIA NOTE: Video of the suspect retrieving merchandise from local businesses is available on our website www.sheriff.org.
- INVESTIGATORS: Dets. Upegui & Faircloth, Sgt. Rossman; ORC SID
- THIS REPORT BY: Keyla Concepción/PIO 5/23/12 1430