A Philadelphia woman is accused of orchestrating an identity and retail theft scheme that stole from stores across southeast Pennsylvania, including in Lancaster County.
The state attorney general’s office says Myra Reddy’s operation was responsible for over $100,000 in losses to Home Depot stores since December 2016.
Reddy, 54, is charged with racketeering, theft by unlawful taking, retail theft, identity theft, and related charges. Her bail is set at $500,000 cash.
Prosecutors said Reddy and others under her direction used a “box-stuffing” scheme where large boxes for cheap store items are filled with smaller, more expensive merchandise and taken to the checkout to pay for the cheaper item.
The more expensive items stuffed in the boxes were later returned, often using stolen identities, for store credit that was sold at a discount to other members of the organization.
Prosecutors said Reddy used the identities of more than 30 people she obtained from stolen ID cards, licenses, and social security cards. They said she also used tax-exempt numbers from charitable organizations to avoid paying tax on the items she was “box stuffing.”