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Woman sentenced to five years in prison for state-wide retail theft scheme

Posted at 3:12 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 15:36:40-04

BALTIMORE — A 55-year-old woman was sentenced to five years in prison for her role in a widespread retail theft conspiracy over the course of six months.

According to information presented at court, between January 2017 and June 2017, Lisa M. Williams and others engaged in an organized retail theft scheme that targeted several retailers including Victoria's Secret, PINK, Dick's Sporting Goods and Ulta.

Those involved in the scheme would enter the stores together, select large amounts of merchandise from displays, and conceal the items in large bags before leaving without paying. The scheme affected stores throughout Maryland, with losses totaling more than $100,000.

In June 2017, Maryland State Police executed a search warrant at Williams' home and recovered 99 boxes of accessories and clothing and also recovered her cellphone, which was used to sell the stolen goods.

“Lisa Williams participated in an organized, coordinated scheme to steal and then resell thousands of dollars of merchandise,” said Attorney General Brian Frosh. “Her sentencing brings this case and this theft ring to a close.”