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  Help Identify These Fraud Suspects

Jul 07, 2009 13:45 ET

A 42-year-old Toronto woman is arrested for counterfeit identification fraud and police release images to identify further suspects involved in the Durham Region.

On June 17, 2009 at approximately 10:30 a.m. a lone female suspect entered the Royal Bank of Canada Branch located on Brock Street South in Whitby and produced several counterfeit pieces of identification to fraudulently conduct banking transactions. Employees of the branch became suspicious and notified police. The female suspect was arrested at the scene without incident.

Carol STEPHENS, age 42, of Lawrence Avenue East in Toronto is charged with: Possession Counterfeit Mark x2; Possession Property Obtained by Crime; Obstruct Police; Fraudulent Concealment and Conspiracy. The accused was held for a bail hearing.

Investigators have released images of several suspects involved in defrauding financial institutions in the Durham Region and GTA area. The banks involved have sustained significant losses resulting from bank accounts opened with counterfeit identification.

The investigation is ongoing and investigators are appealing to the public for their assistance in identifying the male or female suspects depicted in the bank images attached.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Det. Galipeau of the Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5321. Anonymous tips can be made to the Durham Regional Crime Stopper’s Program at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) and tipsters made be eligible to a reward of up to $2,000.

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