Police are seeking information leading to the identification of several suspects involved in defrauding financial institutions and cell phone providers throughout the GTA.
At least five suspects have been connected to this ring, which has operated across the Greater Toronto Area. They open bank accounts using fraudulent identification, deposit stolen cheques and withdraw cash.
Since May 2010, several bank branches in Durham Region have been targeted by two of the suspects, one female and one male, who have attended and opened over 55 fraudulent bank accounts using stolen or fake identification. The suspects have also altered stolen cheques and withdrawn large sums of money over the last several months. One branch has suffered over $65,000 in financial losses.
The branches victimized in Durham Region are located on Taunton Road in Oshawa; Simcoe Street in Oshawa; King Street East in Courtice and Harwood Avenue in Ajax.
One male suspect is believed to live in the Mississauga area, as he used a debit card to purchase groceries on Eglington Avenue West and Central Parkway in Mississauga. The identity and whereabouts of the other suspects are unknown.
Anyone with new information is asked to call Det. Janet Galipeau of the Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5321. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000
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