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The Week in Electronics Retail Crime

June 13, 2010 By Stephen Silver
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Duo Arrested After iPod-For-Pot Ad
Two men in Arizona were arrested over the weekend after they placed an online advertisement proposing to trade their iPod- along with marijuana- for an iPad. According to Gizmodo, the 20-year-olds placed an ad on Craigslist in which they offered to trade a 32GB iPod Touch, along with "a quarter of DANK blue dream straight outta Cali" in exchange for a 32GB iPad. The ad included a photo of the drugs -on a scale that displayed the exact amount- along with the iPod. Police were made aware of the ad, arrested the men and charged them with possession of an illegal substance and conspiracy to sell marijuana.

Man Stole $900K From Best Buy
A Pennsylvania man has plead guilty to carrying out a scam in which he bilked Best Buy out of $900,000 through false billing. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the 35-year-old man, in a year-long period in 2004 and 2005, submitted a series of fraudulent invoices to the retail giant for electronics that were never sent. The man faces fraud counts in connection with a similar but unrelated case in Pennsylvania.

New York AG Investigates iPad Discrimination
New York's state attorney general is looking into allegations that Apple is discriminating against customers of Asian descent in the selling of the iPad. According to Politico, the civil rights bureau of the office of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is investigating whether Chinese-Americans in Manhattan and Queens were asked "unusual questions" by Apple store employees who sought to purchase the device.

iPad Email Addresses Exposed
Hackers last week exposed more than 100,000 email addresses of iPad owners by hacking into an AT&T web site. According to Gawker.com, the 114,000 addresses include those of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Hollywood studio boss Harvey Weinstein and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer.

Fargo Thief Pleads Guilty
One of the several people accused of a Best Buy theft in Fargo has plead guilty. According to TV station WDAY, the defendant was sentenced to a year in prison, but the sentence was suspended for 18 months. Two other defendants, both former members of the North Dakota State University football team, pled not guilty.
 

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