The Ohio legislature is hearing testimony regarding a bill that would increase penalities for organized retail crime offenders. The current model of the bill would make it a first or second-degree felony to steal more than $500 in merchandise in a six-month period.
Proposed punishement includes, fines of up to $20,000 and up to 10 years in prision. This legislation also includes a provision allowing retailers to recoup losses up to and including three times the original amounts.
Security Director News editor, Rhianna Daniels wrote an article about this pending legislative effort. The article can found in their current print edition or on-line. To access the on-line version you will need to register (free)Â Â to view.
Here's additional reading material on Organized Retail Crime from the National Retail Federation (NRF)
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