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  Arrest Made in Stolen Cheques Investigation

Sep 21, 2017 10:45 ET

A 26-year-old man is facing over 120 charges as a result of an investigation into stolen personal cheques in Oshawa.

On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, officers from Central East Division, support by the Tactical Services Unit and a K-9 team, arrested the suspect, without incident, at a residence on Elmgrove Avenue in Oshawa.

From November 2016 to September 2017, it is alleged the accused obtained stolen personal cheques, either through his own efforts or through a group of friends and associates, mostly in the Oshawa area. Signatures on the cheques were forged and were given to people in the network or unsuspecting people to deposit, with the accused taking a cut of the cash withdrawn.

Some of the rightful owners of the cheques were not aware their cheques had even been stolen until they saw the activity on their bank statements. Fraud investigators with the Durham Regional Police strongly urge that personal cheque books be stored in safe locations. In some cases, personal cheques were stolen from inside residences or from unlocked vehicles.

David Scott WILSON, age 26, of No Fixed Address (Oshawa) is charged with: Fraud Under $5000 x 42; Fraud Over $5000; Possession Stolen Property Under $5000 x 42; and Uttering Forged Document x 37. Held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Bird of the Central East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2727.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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