ARLINGTON, Va. — The Retail Industry Leader Association (RILA) said that it welcomes U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's comments before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, in which he acknowledged that organized retail crime (ORC) is a national problem and a risk to the national economy.
"We look forward to working with him and the Department of Justice to address this growing crime," said John Emling, RILA's senior vice president, government affairs.
Federal legislation under consideration in Congress would give law enforcement the tools necessary to deter thieves from using the internet and other venues to sell their stolen goods to unsuspecting buyers.
"It's one thing for an individual to shoplift and take something," Holder said. "But when you have a whole bunch of people doing that and using the internet essentially as a way, a means to fence this material, you really kind of multiply the possibilities for these people. You have what could be in the old days seen as a local problem become a truly national one with consequences for our economy, not the local economy, but for the national economy."
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