Major retail fraud ring busted in Hazel Park

HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Five people have been arrested in connection to a major retail fraud ring in Hazel Park.

An investigation into the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team led to millions of dollars worth of stolen merchandise.

A tip prompted the investigation back in February. It was suspected that the suspects were selling large amounts of pseudoephedrine, and may have been involved with the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The investigation revealed that the suspects were not involved with either. Instead, it was determined that the suspects were involved in an organized retail fraud ring throughout southeast Michigan.

According to investigators, mass retail fraud crimes were conducted at CVS and Walgreen's stores.

The ring is accused of stealing as much as $15,000 dollars worth of merchandise per day.

The stolen goods were stored at a warehouse in Hazel Park. The items were then sold online through eBay and Amazon.

A search warrant was conducted at the warehouse. Approximately $3 million dollars of Victoria's Secret merchandise, $30,000 in CVS and Walgreen's merchandise, $75,000 in cash and $10,000 in a variety of brand names items were discovered.

The following individuals were arrested, charged, and arraigned at the 44th District Court in the City of Royal Oak:


*Shah Abullais Khalish, 28, of Hazel Park

*Delwar Miah, 23, of Detroit

*April Lynn Cooper, 29, of Warren

*Sandra Gale, 47, of Warren

*Shantell Danne, 24, of Detroit

The defendants will be in court on April 25, 2014, at 1:30 P.M. at the 44th District Court before Judge Derek Meinecke.

The suspects may face additional charges once a review is completed by by the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office.

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