On May 7th, 2009 members of the DRPS Fraud Unit began an investigation into the scam after being notified by the Intelligence Branch. A Clarington resident had advertised the sale of his business on the Internet in March and had begun talking with a male regarding the purchase of the business for his family members coming to Canada from Africa.
On May 6th, 2009 two Toronto males attended the victim’s residence in Clarington. The two males told the victim they had smuggled $3 million in Canadian money out of North Africa, but in order to smuggle the money into Canada, they had to disguise it by turning the money into a cardboard-like substance. The males told the victim they required him to provide a large sum of Canadian money to them in order to convert the money back to its normal state so they could purchase his business. The males demonstrated to the victim how they cleaned two disguised bills into Canadian $20 bills.
Police became involved in the incident and arrested the two males when they returned to Clarington on May 7th, 2009 to pick up money from the victim. The two males were in possession of six bundles of $20 bill-sized cardboard wrapped in cellophane, a large jug of iodine, goggles and other protective equipment.
Jethro MUTERO, age 31, of Brunel Court in Toronto and Sampson JALLOH, age 38, of Duffort Crescent in Toronto are both charged with: Attempt Fraud Over $5000; Conspiracy To Commit an Indictable Offence; and Possession of Counterfeit Money.
In May, 2009, MUTERO was released from custody on bail and has since disappeared. MUTERO is currently wanted on three warrants for Fail To Appear – Court, Breach of Recognizance and Relief of Surety.
Below are attached files.
Investigators from the Fraud Unit believe there may be other victims in the GTA and would like to speak with anyone who has had dealings with these accused or with similar scams. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Jeff Caplan of West Division CIB at 1-888-579-1520 Ext. 2517. Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Jethro MUTERO (JPG file, 117.6K bytes)
Suspect Image (JPG file, 33.1K bytes)