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  DRP Officer Honoured for Fighting Financial Crime

Aug 24, 2011 13:58 ET

DRPS Detective Constable Jay Shaddick is being honoured at the 106th annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Windsor on August 24. D/Cst. Shaddick will be presented with the Canadian Banks’ Law Enforcement Award (CBLEA) for his work on a major ABM tampering case in Durham Region.

Between May and June of 2009, a number of banks began noticing an increase in ABM tampering, with criminals installing overlay devices to fraudulently copy and duplicate unsuspecting victims’ debit cards. D/Cst. Shaddick was assigned to the case and quickly organized a joint task force with the Ontario Provincial Police’s Identity Crimes Unit to investigate the fraudulent activity.

Through his investigative work and the work of the task force, D/Cst. Shaddick learned that a sophisticated organized crime group with international connections was behind these crimes. Coordinating a full-time surveillance team, Shaddick was able to monitor a warehouse where it was suspected the fraudulent ABM overlay devices were produced.

This surveillance led to multiple arrests, and resulted in the largest seizure of ABM tampering devices in Durham Regional Police history. Included in the seizure were over 110 ABM tampering devices, thousands of counterfeit debit cards and hundreds of thousands of dollars of stolen property.

D/Cst. Shaddick’s perseverance and commitment to the case led to the apprehension of a well organized group of internationally connected criminals, directly contributing to Canada’s economic integrity. It was estimated that each ABM overlay device seized may have netted the criminal organization between $80,000 to $100,000. This could have meant millions of dollars in potential losses to banks.

Sergeant Randy Rechner of the Edmonton General Investigation Section of the RCMP will also be honoured for work on a multi-jurisdictional investigation into the robberies at major financial institutions in Alberta.

“We are pleased to honour the outstanding achievements of these two officers, whose dedication and hard work have brought dangerous criminals to justice and protected Canadian banks, their customers and their employees,” said William J. Crate, Director of Security for the Canadian Bankers Association. “Banks in Canada work closely with police forces across the country, assisting with prevention and investigation of bank robberies and fraud. This award is our way of publicly recognizing the significant efforts of these two officers.”

Congratulations to D/Cst. Shaddick.

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