Former Service Canada Employee charged in sale of fraudulent SIN cards



    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - The RCMP's Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime
Section and the Anti Rackets Branch of the OPP have charged a former Service
Canada employee for her role in the processing and sale of 400 fraudulent
Social Insurance cards.
    Police allege that Pamela Douglas (44) of North York used her position
with Service Canada to process Social Insurance card applications using false
names and dates of birth. An internal audit conducted by Service Canada
revealed the corruption. Douglas has been charged with Breach of Trust,
Uttering Forged Documents and Forgery.
    Police have also charged Elgin Barrett (37) of North York with Uttering
Forged Documents, Forgery, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, and the
Possession and sale of a Counterfeit Government Mark. It is alleged that
Barrett worked in partnership with Douglas to distribute the counterfeit
cards.
    An in depth police investigation revealed that the fraudulent Social
Insurance cards were used to defraud Canadian financial institutions of over 7
million dollars. The Canada Revenue Agency has estimated its losses at
$100,000.
    "The success of this investigation was due in no small part to the
cooperation we enjoyed with our policing partners at the OPP and the
investigators at Service Canada," stated Inspector Dean Dixon of the RCMP GTA
Commercial Crime Section. "We realize that it is paramount that we preserve
the integrity, and prevent the abuse of government issue identification."
    Pamela Douglas and Elgin Barrett will appear in Old City Hall court
today. The investigation continues.





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For further information: Cpl. Cathy McCrory, (905) 405-3750 Office,
(416) 715-2375 Pager


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