TULSA, Okla. — On January 13th the Tulsa Police Department announced that 29 people were involved in a multi-year and multi-state retail theft ring. Those 29 people face 215 federal charges.
The defendants involved stole more than 10 million dollars in goods from retailers ranging from big corporations like Walmart, Walgreens, Costco, and CVS. Prosecutors stated that this conspiracy was to mainly steal over-the-counter medications.
Prosecutors allege that Linda Been a 48-year-old Tulsa woman was leading the ring. She estimated about 4.5 million dollars from stolen goods such as Flonase, Mucinex, Allegra, and more. The stolen product was then resold online.
The U.S. Attorney of Tulsa, Clint Johnson, and the Oklahoma Attorney General, John O’Connor banded together to announce the state and federal charges against the 29 defendants. U.S. Attorney Johnson stated that 25 of the 29 charged have been arrested while four others were still not yet in custody. (Police1)