Women Charged in Hobby Lobby Shoplifting Scheme to Face Trial
Two women face fraud charges after stealing and then selling several scrapbooking materials from Hobby Lobby over a five-year period.
Diane L. Baugh of Appleton and Virginia M. Akers of Indianapolis profited more than $500,000 after selling the stolen scrapbooking materials on the Internet auction website eBay. If convicted, they may face up to 20 years in federal prison.
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Martin Kohler is representing Baugh. Kohler made no comment on the case, citing a lack of information at the current time.
Akers, 66, traveled across the Midwest, shoplifting supplies from various Hobby Lobby stores and mailing them to Baugh, 55, to sell online. Akers shoplifted more than $600,000 worth of scrapbooking materials according to the indictment.
Hobby Lobby’s loss prevention department caught the women after discovering their stores’ merchandise being sold on the popular Internet auction site, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Funnell said.
Store employees agreed to buy the merchandise online and then turned the case over to law enforcement officers. Indiana and Illinois police conducted the investigation with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Baugh and Akers are set to make their first federal court appearance in Green Bay next week.