Losses of Sales Tax to Retail Theft in Illinois

in Transnational Crime

Organized crime activities that target retail merchandise causes $77 Million in lost sales tax revenue for the State of Illinois, according to the Cook County Organized Crime Task Force.

The mob targets necessities such as baby formula, razors and bottled water. The stolen goods are stolen from Illinois and sold in other areas of the United States or shipped to foreign countries.

Police state that the criminal groups active in Chicago are from Eastern Europe, South America, Mexico or the Middle East.

Source:  Chuck Goudie, “ITeam: The new kings of crime,” ABC 7 Chicago, December 12, 2012.

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