New Crime Bill Targets E-Fencing

Organized retail crime legislation introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives contains provisions that for the first time address the growing role played by Internet auction sites as a venue for selling merchandise stolen from retail stores. But prospects for the bill's passage this year may be compromised by an insufficient amount of time left on the legislative calendar

WASHINGTON — Organized retail crime legislation introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives contains provisions that for the first time address the growing role played by Internet auction sites as a venue for selling merchandise stolen from retail stores.

But prospects for the bill's passage this year may be compromised by an insufficient amount of time left on the legislative calendar in this election year.

The Organized Retail Crime Act of 2008 (H.R. 649

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