US woman in custody over lingerie theft

A woman wanted for defrauding Victoria’s Secret of $53,000 worth of lingerie is now in custody after nearly a year of running from the police.

Nathilia Hooks turned herself in to police on Friday and has been charged with retail theft, organized fraud and money laundering/unlawful proceeds, reports CBS Miami.

Hooks did not speak during her initial court hearing, but the prosecutor told the judge she pulled her fraudulent return scam at least 255 times over 18 months at 37 stores in the US state of Florida.

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Investigators said Hooks would steal from the lingerie stores, return the items and pocket the refund.

She reportedly came to the attention of the loss prevention fraud investigators at Victoria’s Secret last January after multiple returns to her debit card were found.

Olga Burns, a detective for the Aventura Police Department in Miami told CBS4: “It feels great to have her in custody. We have been working on cases involving her since last November.”

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