The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
Best Buy Fraudster Pleads Guilty
The Best Buy executive accused of embezzling from the company by rigging supplier auctions has pled guilty. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Robert Paul Bossany scammed more than $100,000, which was routed to him in the form of cash, checks and gift cards. Bossany faces between 7¼ and 15 years in prison, but could receive less due to cooperation with prosecutors.
One Month, Three RadioShack Robberies
A RadioShack location in Miami has been robbed three times in the past month, local affiliate CBS4 reported. Authorities suspect that a gang of robbers that have been performing smash-and-grabs at electronics retailers throughout South Florida is responsible; some members of that ring have been arrested in recent weeks.
Man Charged With Shoplifting, Child Abuse
A North Carolina man caught shoplifting from an area Walmart was hit with an additional charge of misdemeanor child abuse after admitting to police that he had left his children in the car while in the store. According to news station WWAY, Joe Harvin, Jr. left the kids in the car for over an hour, although they were unharmed.
Union Boss Sentenced in Scam
The business manager of a labor union in Central New Jersey has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for both accepting bribes from contractors and embezzling from the union. The New Brunswick Home News Tribune reported that the man, Kenneth P. Campbell, who represented Local 825 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, gained more than $250,000 from the schemes, much of which he spent on three large TVs, a home theater system and other electronics items.