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Dorchester Man Sentenced for Role in $4 Million Bank Fraud Conspiracy


Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Dorchester man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with a $4 million bank fraud scheme.

Charles Washington, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf to 126 months in prison, five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $1,836,819 and a fine of $30,000. In August 2017, Washington pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud conspiracy and four counts of bank fraud for his role in coordinating unauthorized withdrawals from federally insured banks.


Washington obtained bank account information, personally identifiable information, and sample signatures from bank customers with high balances. He then recruited runners to impersonate the account holders in order to make unauthorized withdrawals by obtaining and distributing fake driver’s licenses to the runners that bore the runners’ photographs with the account holders’ personal information. Washington instructed the runners on how to forge the victims’ signatures. To avoid detection, runners withdrew money from victims’ accounts at several different bank branches.

Washington and others also recruited runners to open bank accounts (known as drop accounts) in the name of non-existent businesses (known as shell business). The shell businesses were registered and named as if they were title companies, property management companies, contracting businesses, and other businesses for which incoming large-dollar wire transfers would not be unusual. Washington provided the shell businesses’ information to co-conspirators who made unauthorized wire transfers in the hundreds of thousands of dollars into the drop accounts. Once the drop accounts were funded with unauthorized wire transfers, Washington and the co-conspirators accompanied runners to bank branches to withdraw the money -- in cash, by check, or by wire transfers to other drop accounts -- before the victims of the unauthorized wire transfers realized that their accounts had been compromised.

Washington and the co-conspirators gained unauthorized access to approximately $4 million - either in bank accounts that they took over, or in proceeds unlawfully wired to drop accounts for withdrawal - and successfully withdrew approximately $2 million. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Stephen A. Marks, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Secret Service, Boston Field Office; Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and Boston Police Commissioner William Evans made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth B. Kosto of Lelling’s Cybercrime Unit prosecuted the case.

Partner Webcast: Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service | Feb 15


The Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service is the first service announced by Oracle that leverages the Oracle Autonomous Database technology, using artificial intelligence to deliver unprecedented reliability, performance and highly elastic data management to enable data warehouse deployment in seconds, requiring no database administration.

In this webcast available on February 15, you will learn how to sell the Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service considering the changes to the rules of the game that allow customers to:
  • Accelerate time-to-market for application delivery
  • Benefit from fully automated management, fully automated patching and upgrades
  • Scale their data warehouse on demand
  • Secure their Data with strong data encryption
  • Protect their Investment by continuing to use their favorite business analytics tools
  • Engage in the full spectrum of business analytics, data integration, IoT, and more –all in the cloud – as an integrated solution
Presenters:
  • Jesus Robles, Director, DB Cloud Business Development, Oracle EMEA
  • Javier Puerta, Director, DB Cloud Partner Programs, Oracle EMEA
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Oracle Health Sciences Study Reveals Top Challenges and Opportunities for RTSM/IRT Solutions


Press Release 

Study of clinical trial professionals involved in RTSM/IRT reveals poor integration with other clinical platforms, slowness to build, and inability to support study changes as top issues

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 17, 2018

Oracle Health Sciences today announced the results of a new study, conducted in partnership with Informa Engage, which reveals the top challenges and frustrations for clinical trial professionals with current Randomization and Trial Supply Management/ Interactive Response Technology (RTSM/IRT) systems, as well as opportunities for improvement. Among the many findings, the study revealed the top three challenges in RTSM/IRT for over 70 percent of respondents: integration with other platforms, slowness to build, test and deploy new trials, and lack of flexibility and inability to support study changes.


Clinical trials are known for being complex and lengthy, and trial set up can account for a large portion of the time. Exploring the reasons for delay, the study found that 92% of respondents reported having to make changes to their RTSM/IRT systems due to study changes, and on an average of two times per study. Given these results, it’s no wonder that over half of the respondents believe they could conduct more trials if they were able to leverage self-service capabilities to build new trials and make mid-study changes on their own.


In addition, the survey revealed that the most anticipated change in RTSM/IRT within the next five years is the integration of IRT into the eClinical platform, followed by accelerated trial builds, and completely self-service solutions, which reflects a desire for the top current challenges to be addressed in the next generation of RTSM/IRT platforms.


“When you’re developing software to help people with a specific business process, such as clinical research, it’s important to stay in tune with the market to ensure you’re always innovating to address their top challenges and delighting them with a solution that makes their job easier,” said Steve Rosenberg, general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “The findings from this research confirm the pain points that we address with our new Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management Cloud Service and that we are aligned with what the market wants in a modern RTSM/IRT solution.”

Oracle recently announced Oracle Clinical One, a cloud-based eClinical environment that is intended to redefine the way technology supports clinical research. Its first module, Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management, was designed with self-service in mind, enabling clinical teams to design, validate and deploy a study in days with the click of a button, effectively addressing the issues identified in this study.

The study, whose goal was to identify the top challenges facing users of RTSM/IRT solutions, highlights many of the issues important to clinical operations and trial management professionals. Data was gathered via an online survey completed by 254 professionals in clinical operations, trial management and related functional areas with direct involvement in both Clinical Trial Operations and RTMS/IRT solutions.

** Images from Informa Engage October 2017 Oracle Health Sciences Survey 

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Oracle and FreedomPay Deliver Future of Consumer Payments at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center


Press Release 

Collaboration will Showcase New EMV Contact and Contactless Payment Capabilities at One of the Nation’s Busiest Convention Centers

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Today at NRF 2018, Oracle Hospitality a trusted provider of hardware, software and services to hospitality operators and FreedomPay, a leader in secure commerce technology for lodging, gaming, retail, restaurants, stadiums and other hospitality merchants, announced their collaboration to provide secure payment processing for conference attendees at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The companies have integrated FreedomPay’s Advanced Commerce Platform with Oracle Hospitality’s MICROS point-of-sale devices to provide full EMV support to over 175 events annually supporting over 35,000 global companies.

The customer facing devices, as well as the handheld pay-at-table devices, support EMV contact and contactless payments—enabling patrons from around the world to easily leverage their local bank-issued payment cards. Furthermore, the contactless EMV support enables customers to save valuable time by simply tapping their payment card on the reader versus inserting their card into the device, the combined payment solution enables consumers to utilize the payment options they desire.

The integration between FreedomPay and Oracle Hospitality is another example of Oracle delivering additional value for hospitality customers through integrations that extend the value of POS investments. In addition to providing durable and compact point-of-service terminals, Oracle Hospitality offers a fully integrated portfolio of hardware and software solutions that enable food and beverage operations to streamline managerial tasks, increase speed of service and elevate the guest experience.

“The NRF conference is about showcasing the technology that will build future customer experiences and with FreedomPay we’ll be highlighting the potential of contactless EMV payments in the hospitality industry at food vendors across the Jacob K. Javits Center,” said Laura Calin, vice president of strategy, Oracle Hospitality. “Contactless EMV payments represent an opportunity for retailers and food and beverage operators to improve the guest experience by accelerating the check out process during peak retail seasons and high volume hospitality applications.”

“Contactless payments deliver a fast, simple and secure experience at the point of sale, while also helping merchants increase speed of service and grow sales volume,” said Dan Sanford, vice president, consumer products, Visa. “We’re pleased that all Javits Center attendees will now be able to tap to pay quickly and easily with their contactless cards, mobile phones, or connected devices.”

The FreedomPay Advanced Commerce Platform is one of the first the first PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution with EMV, NFC, Dynamic Currency Conversion and real-time data capabilities that delivers on a global scale. With P2PE, valuable consumer payment data is protected from the moment the card is inserted into the MICROS point-of-sale device, in transit, and at rest in the merchant’s environment. FreedomPay is Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

“Over the past 15 years, FreedomPay developed a strong relationship with the team at Oracle—combining our point-to-point encryption expertise and secure payment processing capabilities with their MICROS terminals,” said Chris Kronenthal, president and chief technology officer at FreedomPay. “This installation at the Javits Center emphasizes the payment protection capabilities that FreedomPay and Oracle are delivering coast-to-coast.”

FreedomPay and Oracle help secure payments for consumers across multiple verticals throughout the United States, including food and beverage, hospitality, retail and travel. The “Secured by FreedomPay” image appearing on the Oracle MICROS point-of-sale devices assures customers that their transactions are protected to exceed some of the most stringent payment transaction security requirements currently available. FreedomPay is Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

NRF 2018 attendees who spot the “Secured by FreedomPay” image on payment terminals within the Javits Center are encouraged to participate in FreedomPay’s #SecuredbyFreedomPay” social media prize giveaway. Additional details are available at http://corporate.freedompay.com/blog_article/show-us-you-are-securedbyfreedompay/.

Oracle Hospitality hardware solutions including the recently announced Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 will be available for demo at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2018, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Hospitality will be located within the Oracle Retail booth #3521.

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Oracle PR
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Oracle Celebrates Continued Hardware Innovation with New MICROS Compact Workstation 310 Point-of-Sale

Press Release 

New POS Engineered for Smaller Footprints and Portability to Join Existing Portfolio of Workstations on Display at NRF 2018

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Oracle today introduced the new Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 point-of-sale (POS) terminal. A high-performance, cost-effective workstation built with superior durability in a sleek, compact form factor, the Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 is ideal for hospitality and retail applications that feature a limited menu or assortment and require a smaller footprint, terminal portability or additional capacity during peak trading or a sporting event. The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 will be available to demo at the National Retail Federation conference in New York and joins Oracle’s existing hardware portfolio on display at booth #3521 including Oracle MICROS Workstation 6 and the Oracle MICROS Tablet 720 showcasing Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service with our Oracle Retail omnichannel cloud services.
Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310

The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 runs Windows 10® IoT Enterprise with Oracle Hospitality Simphony 2.9.2 HF6, 2.9.3 HF1, 2.10, Simphony FE 1.7.3, and RES 5.5.1, and Oracle Retail Xstore Point of Service v17 software. The all-in-one thin client and 10.1” display is designed to accommodate limited counter space and afford maximum portability. Its connectivity and operating system enable ease of provisioning and management for IT, while delivering a fast, rich, familiar Windows 10 user experience.

“Guest services and the shopping experiences are changing in the hospitality and retail sectors, with consumers demanding more speed and convenience. Oracle is extending our hardware portfolio so that our customers can adapt to those changes,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and GM Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 delivers a portable, rugged and intuitive experience that is perfect for scenarios with high volumes of customers and limited menus or assortments including stadiums, pop up stores, mall kiosks, theme parks, sidewalk sales and promotional events.”

Key features of the new Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 include: 
Best Price Performance: Purpose-built to help ensure businesses aren’t over paying for the best customer experience, the 310 is engineered end-to-end for stress free administration and includes a powerful dual core processor and integrated graphics engine for an exceptional user experience. 
Built To Last: The 310 is built to withstand extreme temperatures for outdoor use and is protected against impact, dust, grease and grime build up. The long product lifecycle and low meantime before failure (no moving parts) aims to lower total cost of ownership by reducing the number of refresh cycles. 
Elegant, Simple Design: Made with a sleek, industrial design and small footprint, the 310 is aesthetically pleasing and maximizes counter space. Its portability also allows for anywhere, anytime transactions to capitalize on profitable locations, and its intuitive user interface is easy-to-use for full-time or seasonal employees. 
Easy to Set Up: End to end ecosystem: Hardware, Software, Cloud, and Services enables easier solution set up and support. Client applications manager (CAL), advocated offering and Oracle validated SW updates allow easy device provision and administration. 

The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 joins Oracle’s existing portfolio of POS workstations, including the Oracle MICROS Workstation 650, the Oracle MICROS Workstation 620 and the Oracle Workstation 610 and complements the Oracle MICROS Tablet 720 Series 7 inch Tablet.
Continued Retail POS Momentum

“Oracle Retail is extending our hardware portfolio to deliver the innovation of the Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service Platform with omnichannel cloud services. The Workstation 310 has ample connectivity for multiple peripherals, and is fully supported beginning with Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service,” said Jeff Warren, Vice President Strategy and Solutions, Oracle Retail. “This allows the retailer to have a consistent software implementation with the benefits of Xstore in a portable small footprint point of sale workstation.”

Global customers continue to adopt Oracle Xstore POS with Oracle MICROS hardware including: 

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Oracle PR
+1.415.595.1584

Luxury Retailer Chalhoub Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Point of Service


Press Release 

Xstore Point-of-Service Delivers a Highly Personalized, Mobile Customer Experience In-Store

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that luxury retailer Chalhoub has successfully deployed Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to modernize its customer experience. Chaloub’s Oracle Retail Xstore implementation is the first in the Middle East and the result of a six-month installation process in partnership with Logic Information Systems. The project for the Dubai storefront included deployment of more than 100 registers, 60 of which are mobile, bringing mobile checkout, integrated payment systems and improved store operations to the brand.

Chalhoub started as a family business licensing foreign brands in Damascus, Syria in 1955. It now runs a network of 650 retail stores with fashion and cosmetic lines including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin across the Middle East. Today the Chalhoub Group employs more than 12,000 people in 14 countries.

“With the help from Logic and Oracle, we migrated from the Oracle Retail Point of Service to latest version of Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service. We can now deliver a modern mobile experience to our customers. By implementing Xstore, we are also empowering our store associates. The goal is to provide a highly personalized and engaged customer experience at the world's finest shoe metropolis, Level Shoes,” said Olivier Leblan, Group Chief Information Officer, Chalhoub.

“The Point of Service system must allow retailers to transact and interact with consumers as they choose. Whether using a traditional register, portable solution, tablet or handheld, it's point of service.,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “As our Retail in 4D research shows, more than half (52 percent) of retailers said they are arming their store employees with mobile technology. Congratulations to Chalhoub for deploying a modern customer experience.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Chalhoub and Oracle. Together we delivered on the vision to drive a better customer experience for Level and to establish a foundation to support Chalhoub,” said Saad Khan, General Manager of the Middle East, Logic Information Systems. “We look forward to the continued momentum for the Oracle Retail Xstore platform across the Middle East and Asia. We found the solution to be a great fit for the region.”

To learn more about Chalhoub’s implementation of Oracle Retail technology register here for a webinar on Tuesday February 20.

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Matt Torres
Oracle PR
+1.415.595.1584

River Island Creates Single View of Inventory with Oracle Retail Planning

Press Release 

Fashion Retailer Aligns Planning Practices Across its Business Models

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 16, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that River Island deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning to support their Omnichannel growth and digital transformation. River Island operates a global portfolio of over 320 stores across the UK and Ireland and internationally throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. With a global footprint and multiple web, franchise and wholesale operations River Island required new tools to make more accurate and impactful inventory decisions for continued growth.

River Island had the vision and courage to become an Omnichannel retailer before it was vogue. River Island operates an award-winning online fashion retail site, employs one of the biggest in-house design teams on the British high street and maintains a deep commitment to nurturing new talent which have enabled the brand to become one of the most successful fashion retailers in the UK. As River Island experienced continued growth in the UK and internationally they understood the value and necessity of a single view of order and inventory to scale their business.

“We knew that Omnichannel was the future and had to make a strategic move. We partnered with Oracle to get there. A single view of inventory is the key to fulfilling demand and operating more effectively,” said Doug Gardner, Chief Information Officer, River Island. “Through this transformation, we needed to change the way our business worked. People had to come together and properly go through the design of the implementation.”

As an early adopter of Omnichannel planning, River Island partnered very closely with the Oracle Retail Consulting team to align towards business objectives correctly. Together, River Island established more-consistent and accurate planning processes to better understand how merchandise was performing across channels.

“Sometimes you have to have the courage to level set in the middle of an implementation. You want to get it right because you need a foundation to operate with going forward,” said Gardner. “By implementing Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning correctly, we are now about to evaluate profitability, reduce markdowns and follow a single version of the truth for the whole business.”

“In our 2017 global consumer research ‘Retail in 4 Dimensions,’ we found that 43% of consumers are now shopping both online and in-store every week. The multichannel shopper spent nearly twice as much as a single channel shopper this fall. River Island took notice of these trends early and shifted their strategies to be more nimble and agile in the face of shifting consumer demands,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “Retail has advanced at an unprecedented pace with an evolution of strictly brick and mortar retail to a complex Omnichannel world where purchasing online and collecting orders how, where and when one wants has become the standard.”

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Matt Torres
Oracle PR
+1.415.595.1584

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Your Winter 2018 issue of Profit is now available here.
In 2016, the global economy lost more than US$450 billion to cybercrime. That's an increase of US$336 billion since 2011.
Today, managers believe that they are not ready for the growing cybersecurity challenge—74 percent feel that existing tools are not sufficient for a hybrid cloud environment.
On top of that, by 2019 there will be at least 2 million unfilled security jobs worldwide.
So, enterprises face a real predicament: threats are rising and have a real cost, but managers generally lack the staff and the confidence in technology required to mitigate new threats.
The current issue of Profit, with the theme of “Secure the Future,” was inspired by these distressing numbers—along with recent breakthrough announcements from Oracle and some forward-thinking customer case studies. As threats multiply and the security landscape evolves, enterprises need a strategy to protect their valuable information assets and plan for the disruptions (and opportunities) the future holds.
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Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service helps cloud-native fintech provide billions of dollars in merchant cash advances.
AUTOMATIC. SECURE. INTEGRATED.
Three ways Oracle Database 18c can improve data security.
CYBERSECURITY’S NEW NORMAL
A new approach to cybersecurity that creates a protective foundation for the future.
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Nimble technology solutions defend against today’s ever-changing security threats.
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