Legislation sponsored by State Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) to combat organized retail crime was signed into law this week. To learn more click read more

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
February 24, 2011   

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GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW TO COMBAT ORGANIZED RETAIL CRIME
 
Chicago, IL— Legislation sponsored by State Senator Iris Martinez (D-Chicago) to combat organized retail crime was signed into law this week.

Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to strengthen the fight against organized retail crime. HB 6460 expands continuing financial crime enterprise statue to include organized retail theft, where property is stolen and re-sold or exchanged at a retailer value. It also expands current forfeiture law to cover organized retail theft as well as all violations of the Illinois Financial Crimes Law.

“It is time that we tighten the grips on organized retail crime. This legislation is a step toward in avoiding exploitation of Illinois business. Crimes like these drive up market cost and consumer spending goes down. We need to punish these perpetrators and work to get the markets back on track,” said Martinez.

The legislation also adds a provision allowing a person who successfully completes supervision for retail theft to petition to have the charge expunged when two years of successful supervision has been completed.

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