Two Charged in Organized Retail Fraud Scheme

WESTLAND, MI – Ali Hassan, 33-years-old, of Dearborn Heights, and Bilal Mohamad Taleb, 37-years-old, of Lasalle, Ontario, Canada, have been charged in connection with an organized retail crime operation.Returns and Exchanges

From January 2018 until April 2018, the Westland Police Department conducted an investigation of an organized retail fraud scheme conducted by Ali Hassan and Bilal Taleb. While working at the Platinum Pawn Shop, they would purchase high end merchandise that was stolen from big box stores around Metropolitan Detroit. Hassan and Taleb would sell the stolen goods through Platinum Pawn Shop located in the 15500 block of Northline in Southgate. The investigation by the Westland Police Department led to the arrest of the two suspects. More complete facts and evidence will be presented in court at the preliminary examination.

Charges Issued Against the Defendants

Ali Hassan, 33-years-old, of Dearborn Heights

Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime – 1 count

Organized Retail Crime – 4 counts

Second Hand Dealer Violation – 4 counts

Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property – $200 – $1,000 – 1 count

Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property – $1,000 – $20,000 – 1 count

 

Bilal Mohamad Taleb, 37-years-old, of Lasalle, Ontario, Canada

Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime – 1 count

Organized Retail Crime – 2 counts

Second Hand Dealer Violation – 2 counts

Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property – $200 – $1,000 – 1 count

The defendants are expected to be arraigned on the warrants tomorrow out-county in 34th District Court. 

Statement of Prosecutor Kym Worthy

The impact of these cases illustrate why the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is trying to form a Business Protection Unit. These crimes cause process of goods and services to rise, insurance rates increase and businesses are reluctant to be community partners. So-called victimless crimes are a fallacy.

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