Michigan Police Officer Cost Meijer Over $10,000 And May Get Jail Time
A police officer is hired to protect and serve as well as follow the laws of the state of Michigan but one officer thought it was ok to commit fraud.
Sports Card Trading is Big Business
As long as there have been sports cards there have always been people who find a way to break the law.
From fake autographs to counterfeit cards, it is amazing what people will do to try and make a fast buck.
It is even more troublesome when someone who is supposed to uphold the law, breaks the laws everyone else is supposed to follow.
What is Retail Fraud?
Retail fraud is a blanket name for a variety of criminal activity by a person who engages in activity to steal property from a merchant by taking it without paying for it. Concealing property with an intent to steal, and finally altering labels or price tags on merchandise.
The penalty for retail fraud in Michigan is up to 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The fine can also be 3 times the value of the difference in price, property stolen, or money/property obtained, whichever is greater.
Michigan Police Officer Charged With Retail Fraud
Unfortunately, the long arm of the law will have to reach out to one of their own who is accused of retail fraud.
According to WOOD, Lansing police officer Gregory Tracy is facing one count of first-degree retail fraud and one count of organized retail fraud. Tracy was switching the prices of sports cards and then reselling them at a profit.
Tracy allegedly did the price swapping 65 times at Meijer locations in 6 different counties in Michigan which has cost the store over $10,000.
Currently, Tracy is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.