James Jeffrey Adkins (1)


A Murfreesboro man accused in a multi-state fraudulent bar code shoplifting ring has pleaded guilty.  

James Adkins, 36, plead guilty to one count of criminal simulation between $60,000 and $250,000, before Rutherford County Circuit Court Judge Barry Tidwell on Jan. 17.  He received a sentence of time served, probation for 10 years and agreed to forfeit all seized assets.

Adkins was accused of operating The 7 Towers, an online eBay business, out of a Murfreesboro home owned by his wife, Taylor Melvin.  His wife has been cleared of all charges.

The home also served as a distribution center.  Detectives served a warrant on the home Dec. 13, 2019.  They confiscated more than 6,600 toys (mostly Star Wars), action figures and LEGO sets valued between $300,000 and $400,000. A lot of the items were purchased using fraudulent Universal Product Codes (UPC), according to detectives, then resold for higher prices online.

Adkins still faces theft of property charges in Lincoln County, Tenn., Alabama and Georgia.

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