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Atlanta Father, Daughter Plead Guilty in $5 Million Shoplifting Scheme
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 22, 2021
An Atlanta man and his daughter face federal prison time after pleading guilty in the elaborate multi-million dollar scheme where they sold more than $5 million worth of stolen merchandise between January 2011 and November 2019.
The father-daughter duo reportedly operated out of a southwest Atlanta warehouse, paying shoplifters cash for trash bags filled with over-the-counter prescription drugs, shaving razors and beauty products.
The products were then sold through several e-commerce platforms, typically below retail and even wholesale prices.
“For more than eight years, the Whitleys profited off the backs of legitimate retailers by encouraging theft of their products for resale online,” FBI Atlanta Special Agent Chris Hacker said.
The drugs and cosmetics were stolen from retail chains and supermarkets across the metro area, including CVS, Kroger, Publix, Target and Walgreens, officials said.
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