Feds: 7 Hartford women charged in Victoria’s Secret scheme

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Feds: 7 Hartford women charged in Victoria’s Secret scheme

Via www.ctpost.com

HARTFORD — Seven city women have been charged for their alleged roles in a Victoria’s Secret theft scheme across Connecticut and Massachusetts, federal authorities announced on Thursday.

A federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment on Oct. 6 that charged Dabran Moore, 21; Shamonique Mackey, 21; Daijah Fagan, 20; Tamijah Hunter, 21; Sharnice Jackson, 19; Leonna Jones, 21; and Imani Aitcheson, 21 with conspiracy and fraud offenses.

The indictment was initially sealed until law enforcement took the seven women into custody.

The charges were linked to an alleged scheme to defraud Victoria’s Secret stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham.

The indictment alleges that the seven Hartford women “devised a scheme” to steal thousands of dollars from L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret stores, between February and October 2019.

As part of the alleged scheme, the women stole items from stores in Connecticut and Massachusetts, then returned the stolen item through a “no original receipt” return, federal authorities said. This return method allowed the suspects to get gift cards for the store in the value of the allegedly stolen item, the indictment said.

The women allegedly then used the cards at stores on items that “slightly exceeded the value of the gift cards, so that the excess amount was charged to a debit card connected to a co-conspirator,” authorities said. They would then return the newly purchased merchandise for a full refund to their debit card, authorities said.

According to federal authorities, L Brands suffered a loss exceeding $100,000 because of this scheme.

Each woman is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud. Both charges each carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

They were each released on a $100,000 bond.

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