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Black Market Billions : How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists: Prabhakar, Hitha: BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
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Black Market Billions : How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists
Black Market Billions : How Organized Retail Crime Funds Global Terrorists
Publisher : Ft Pr
Published Date : 2011/11
Binding : Hardcover
ISBN : 9780132180245

BookWeb Price : MYR 126.25
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Language : English

Book Description
Source: ENG
Academic Descriptors: C39204000 A40555400
Place of Publication: United States
Academic Level: Extracurricular
Kirkus Reviews 2011 November #2
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From piracy to counterfeiting to cargo theft, organized retail crime has exploded into a $38 billion industry. Synchronized global teams of thieves are pilfering immense volumes of high-value products, counterfeiting even more--and using the profits to support the world's most vicious terrorists and criminal gangs. In this eye-opening piece of investigative journalism, top business reporter Hitha Prabhakar connects the dots and follows the money deep into the world's fastest-growing criminal industry. You'll learn how the Internet, social media, and disposable cell phones have opened the floodgates for a new generation of criminals--and how buying something as innocent as a counterfeit handbag or discounted cigarettes actually funds terrorist groups from Al-Qaeda to Central America's drug lords. Black Market Billions draws on extensive first person interviews with law enforcement, industry, and the criminals themselves to reveal how retail crime rings impact the security in every country in which they operate. Prabhakar goes "inside" to reveal why the piracy economy has exploded...why preventive measures have failed...and what to expect next, as organized retail crime reaches a terrifying critical mass.

Introduction 1 Part ICrime Goes Global 9 Why Is ORC Such a Threat? 11 The Promised Land: Money Talks 13 Made in America: Homegrown Terrorism 17 Recruiting from the Inside 19 From Prison to Gangs to the World's Most Notorious Terrorist Group 21 Access to Funding Gets Creative 25 Burrowing In: The Hezbollah Finds a Home in the U.S. and South America 27 From America to South America: Ties Get Stronger in the Tri-Border Region 28 Chapter 2 When a Deal Isn't a Deal 31 Getting a Slice of Luxury the Cheapest Way Possible 34 The "Real Deal" 36 Dying for a Deal: The Recession Doesn't Make Aspirations Go Away 38 Big Takedowns Take Precedence Over Smaller Offenders 39 Counterfeiters and ORC Move Their Operations Online 40 eBay's Swift Response 42 Too Little, Too Late 44 Lurking in the Shadows: Stolen Gift Cards Bought Online 45 Easy to Obtain, Easy to Sell 46 Fake-out: Retailers Fronting as Legitimate Stores 48 Protecting Yourself: Know the Signs of E-fencing/ORC 51 Chapter 3: The Cost to the Stores 53 The Blame Game 54 Insider Information: Employee Theft and ORC 54 Human Resources Fail: Hiring the Wrong People 56 Wholesale Scam: Terrorist-Affiliated Warehouses Sell to the Little Guy 61 Taking a Bite Out of the Balance Sheet: Economic Downturn Fosters Cargo Theft 64 Coordinating Information in Real Time: LAPD and APD Case Studies 67 Part II: Follow the Money Chapter 4: The Money Trail and the Business of Cross-Border Trade 77 The Warehouse: Ground Zero for Cross-Border Trade 80 Profile of a Purchaser 81 Keeping Shelves Stocked Through Cargo Theft 83 Coveted Items: Over-the-Counter Drugs 84 Profile of a Cargo Thief 86 "Shell Stores": A Conduit for Organized Retail Crime 87 Shell Stores Move Online 89 A Hotbed of Stolen Merchandise: Flea Markets 91 Nabbing the Bad Guys: Classifying Organized Retail Crime as a Felony 91 Insurance Companies: The Missing Link 93 The Gray Market: Another Retail Facilitator of ORC 94 Laws Have Been Passed, But Are They Helping? 95 Chapter 5: Profile of a Booster and a Fence 97 Moving the Merchandise: The Role of a Fence 100 Being Convicted as a Level 1 Fence: More Like a Slap on the Wrist Than a Slap in the Face 101 The Level 2 Booster: Inside the Mind of a Potentially Dangerous Criminal 104 Other Forms of Theft from a Level 2 Booster 106 Level 3 Boosters and Fences: A High-Level Organization Equals High Profits 108 Level 3 Boosters: Frequently Lifted Merchandise 112 Curbing Boosters and Fences: What Does and Doesn't Work 115 Chapter 6: Family Ties 119 When Family Funds Support Terrorism 121 Assad Muhammad Barakat and His "Family" 123 Illegal Entry into the U.S. Is Not Difficult-if You Have Money 127 The Great Entrepreneurs: Terrorists 132 The Trust Factor: The Basis of Any Organized Retail Crime Ring 136 Chapter 7: Money Laundering 2.0 139 The Three Stages of Money Laundering 141 Organized Retail Crime and Latin America 151 Funneling Money Through the Black Market Peso Exchange 152 The South American, Mexican, and African Connection 155 Chapter 8: The Political Agenda 159 Homegrown Terrorism: How Retail Theft and Piracy Has Funded Terrorist Operations 160 Rebel Kids: Extremist Ideas Financed Through International ORC 163 When Things Went Awry 164 ORC Funding by Way of Somalia: A Tale of Two Misguided Kids 165 As Local as Down the Street 168 Funding Evil Under the Guise of Charitable Contributions: The Mosques 168 Muslim Charities: Capitalizing on Natural Disaster and Religious Empathy 169 Terrorist Fund-Raising Via Charities Finds Roots in the U.S. 172 Charitable Donation Loopholes: How the IRS and Banking Systems Failed to Prevent Fraudulent ORC Funds from Financing Terrorist Groups 173 Charities Turn to a Cyber Audience 175 Why the Government Can't Regulate Charities 175 Chapter 9: Strange Bedfellows 179 How Banned TVs Funded Bombings 180 The Business of Cigarette Smuggling 183 The EC Versus R.J. Reynolds Tobacco 185 The Role of Money Brokers and Money Launderers 186 The History of Cigarette Smuggling 188 Cigarette Smuggling Funds Local Terrorism Around the World 189 Chiquita International Brands: "Either You Pay Me, or I Am Going to Kill You." 192 Dole Foods' Involvement with the Colombian Paramilitary 195 Part III: Putting a Band-Aid on a Broken Leg Chapter 10: The Failure of Preventative Measures 201 Acting Locally, Thinking Globally 202 Types of ORC Theft Prevention That Are Supposed to Work But Don't 204 A Bottom-Line Breakdown of Costs 207 Legal Issues: Defining ORC Versus Shoplifting and Shrinkage 215 Regulating the Resale Market 216 Chapter 11: Letting the Bad Guy Get Away 219 Regulation Epic Fail: How Banking BSAs and AML Programs Let Terrorist Funding Slip Through the Cracks 222 Continued Failure to Regulate IFTs: The Costs to Local and Federal Governments as Well as Retailers 223 Failure to Regulate Hawalas 224 IFTs Get Sophisticated: Stored Value Cards 227 Bulk Cash Smuggling Comes in a Smaller Package 228 Retailers Feel the Pain of SVC Fraud 230 Credit Card Fraud Is Even Worse 231 RICO Defined 234 Why ORC Rings Still Exist: Money Laundering and the RICO Statute 235 More Problems with RICO: It's in the Definition 236 Laws That Once Protected Potential Terrorists Have Changed 239 Defining "Material Support" and "Coordination" 239 Epilogue 243 Glossary 247 Endnotes 271 Index 299