NACDS backs legislation to target organized retail crime

July 16, 2008

The "Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008" (H.R. 6491) would modify current federal criminal code to confront, prevent and penalize organized retail crime.

The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) announced its support of legislation to confront the issue of organized retail crime (ORC).

The "Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008" (H.R. 6491), introduced by Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), would modify current federal criminal code to confront, prevent and penalize organized retail crime, including aid of these illegal activities. The bill also cracks down on criminals' use of online marketplaces to sell the products of organized retail crime, including medicines with altered expiration dates, to consumers and sets up specific rules for operators of online marketplaces.

"Organized retail crime drains businesses, penalizes consumers, and sustains illegal activities that jeopardize public safety," NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE, said.

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