Local Cops Bust New York Thieves in $400K Counterfeit Retail Receipt Scheme

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Ishaan Davis' crew used fake receipts to steal more than $400,00 in faked returns.
A Maryland Heights traffic stop unraveled a five-state, eleven-year counterfeit receipt fraud scheme and sent the five New Yorkers responsible to jail for as long as seven years.

Ishaan Davis, 37, and Ingrid Millsaps, 44, confessed to using stolen clothes, fake receipts and counterfeit identification to steal more than $400,000 over eleven years from stores -- including Ann Taylor, the Loft and the Gap -- in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.

The scheme came apart on November 29, 2012, when Maryland Heights police officer pulled Davis over for a traffic stop. In the car, police found Toshiba laptop computers, a Star TSP 100 Future Print receipt printer, document-making card stock, counterfeit Florida and New York drivers licenses in Davis' name and the names of others and assorted clothing with sales tags attached.

See also: Police: Suspects Sold Counterfeit World Series Tickets to Cardinals Fans

Police took Davis and two co-conspirators -- Shonta Simpson, 29, and William Randall Estes, 23 -- back to their hotel rooms, where they found more boxes of clothes with tags still attached mailed from New York.

Davis, Simpson and Estes planned to return the stolen merchandise for cash using the equipment found in his car, according to the United States Attorney's Office. Estes received a daily wage for his contributions, and Simpson was awarded a percentage of the money from the clothes she returned.

The most impressive criminal mind in the bunch may belong to Ingrid Millsaps, 44, who stole most the merchandise Davis' crew returned for eleven years.

See how much merch Millsaps could steal in one go on the next page.

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Angela Andrews Foldi
Angela Andrews Foldi

I prosecute. I don't even care if the item is a freaking penny. You have the nerve to take something from my store you're gonna pay the fine. And people are pretty brazen these days. They get pretty pissed when I won't let them return things without receipts too but its because of all the theft.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

I hardly believe its because of ethnicity. Many stores have policies not to prosecute. Why, I don't have a clue. They're wasting law enforcement's time and resources. Stores robbed at gun point yet still don't have security cameras installed.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

How about Famous Footwear, Dierburgs, DSW, Walmart?.... Thieves case these places and try many different ways to steal. A cop told me if the stores don't prosecute they don't want to waste their time responding to a call. I don't blame them at all!!! Security cameras are a necessity these days.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

You wouldn't believe how much is stolen from Victoria's Secret at the Galleria. They just pick an item off the shelf, walk up to the register, and demand a refund. The store is so afraid of being sued (for ethnicity reasons) they don't bother to argue.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

that's a lot of sensible shoes and sweater vests.

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