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Six people were charged Friday in connection with three retail fraud rings that authorities allege were run out of Wayne County pawn shops.

According to the county prosecutor’s office, Ali Hassan, 33, of Dearborn Heights and Bilal Mohamad Taleb, 37, of Lasalle, Ontario, ran a retail fraud ring while working at the Platinum Pawn Shop in the 15500 block of Northline in Southgate.

The men allegedly bought high-end merchandise that was stolen from big-box stores around Metro Detroit and sold them through the pawn shop. Westland police investigated the alleged scheme from January until this month, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Hassan is charged with use of a computer to commit a crime, four counts of organized retail crime, four counts of second hand dealer violation, one count of receiving and concealing stolen property between $200 and $1,000; and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $2,000.

Taleb is charged with one count of use of a computer to commit a crime, two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of second hand dealer violation, and one count of receiving and concealing stolen property between $200-$1,000.

The pair are expected to be arraigned Saturday in 34th District Court in Romulus.

Taleb is charged in a separate case along with Mounier Ahmed Hassan, 41, of Dearborn Heights, in which the men are accused of running a similar retail fraud scheme from October until this month at the Bank Pawn Shop and Exchange in the 15500 block of Warren Road in Westland, as well as on eBay.

Taleb and Hassan are charged with continuing criminal enterprise, use of a computer to commit a crime, organized retail crime, second hand dealer violation, receiving and concealing stolen property between $200-$1,000 and receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000-$20,000.

In an unrelated case, Spencer Robert Szostak, 31, of Dearborn, Steven Todd Kilbourne-Bullion, 30, of Allen Park and Stephen Robert Dodge, 31, of Dearborn, were charged Friday in connection with a retail fraud scheme where items were stolen from stores in Canton and sold to a Dearborn Heights pawn shop.

The trio, while working at U.S. Pawn, bought high-end merchandise from people who stole the items from Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, and Meijer stores in Canton. The defendants then sold the items through U.S. Pawn as well on eBay. An investigation by Canton Police led to the men’s arrests.

Szostak is charged with continuing criminal enterprise, use of a computer to commit a crime, organized retail crime, second-hand dealer violations and receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000-$20,000. Kilbourne-Bullion and Dodge are similarly charged.

The men were arraigned Friday in Plymouth. All three men received $10,000 personal bonds. The probable cause conference for the three is scheduled for May 2 in 35th District Court in Canton. A preliminary examination is scheduled for May 9 in the same court.

bwilliams@detroitnews.com

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