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Three Defendants Charged in Organized Retail Fraud Scheme

Today Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Spencer Robert Szostak, 31 (DOB: 07/14/1986), of Dearborn, Steven Todd Kilbourne-Bullion, 30 (DOB: 07/31/1987), of Allen Park and Stephen Robert Dodge, 31 (DOB: 04/24/1986), of Dearborn, in connection with an organized retail fraud scheme where stolen items from Canton big box stores were sold to a pawn shop located in Dearborn Heights.

Allegations

From October 2017 through April 2018, Defendant Szostak had a continuing criminal enterprise involving stolen goods. During that time period, Defendant Szostak, aided by Defendants Kilbourne-Bullion and Dodge, conducted an organized retail fraud operation. The three defendants while working at US Pawn would purchase high value merchandise from people stealing from Home Depot, Target, Wal-mart, Sam's Club, Kroger, and Meijer stores in Canton. The defendants would sell the items through U.S. Pawn, located in the 4800 block of South Beech Daly Road in Dearborn Heights, as well as on eBay. Investigation by the Canton Police Department led to the arrest of the three men. More complete facts and evidence will be presented in court at the preliminary examination.

Charges Issued Against the Defendants*

Spencer Robert Szostak, 31 (DOB: 07/14/1986), of Dearborn

Continuing Criminal Enterprise - 1 count
Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime - 2 counts
Organized Retail Crime - 6 counts
Second-Hand Dealer Violations - 7 counts
Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - $1,000 - $20,000 - 4 counts

Steven Todd Kilbourne-Bullion, 30 (DOB: 07/31/1987), of Allen Park


Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime - 1 count
Organized Retail Crime - 5 counts
Second-Hand Dealer Violations - 5 counts
Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - $1,000 - $20,000 - 3 counts

Stephen Robert Dodge, 31 (DOB: 04/24/0986), of Dearborn


Use of a Computer to Commit a Crime - 1 count
Organized Retail Crime - 3 counts
Second-Hand Dealer Violations - 2 counts
Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - $200 - $1,000 - 2 counts
Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property - $1,000 - $20,000 - 1 count

The defendants were arraigned on the warrants this afternoon in 35th District Court. All three defendants received $10,000 personal bonds. The probable cause conference is scheduled for May 2, 2018; the preliminary examination is scheduled for May 9, 2018 in 35th District Court in Canton.

Statement of Prosecutor Kym Worthy

The impact of these cases illustrate why the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is trying to form a Business Protection Unit. These crimes cause goods and services to rise, insurance rates increase and businesses are reluctant to be community partners. So-called victimless crimes are a fallacy.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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