HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Following a one year long
investigation dubbed Project O ID; investigators with the
Hamilton-Niagara Regional RCMP Detachment have charged two individuals
with using fraudulent Canadian Citizenship documents to defraud
Police allege that the pair created multiple synthetic identities and
fictitious companies to obtain loans and other credit products. Funds
were then laundered through the phony companies before being converted
to bank drafts or moved off shore.
Tahir Mahmood, age 49, of Toronto, and Nashaid Bhatti, age 44, of
Mississauga have been charged with fraud and money laundering
offences. Both are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice
on Oct. 13th, 2014 at 45 Main St., Hamilton, ON.
The investigation continues.
According to Inspector Steve Martin, Officer in Charge of the Hamilton
Niagara Regional Detachment, the abuse of Canadian identity documents
is a serious issue that affects not only the banks. "The fraudulent use
or counterfeiting of Canadian government issue identification not only
places Canadian financial institutions at risk, but also the integrity
of our borders. The RCMP and its partner agencies remain committed to
the vigorous pursuit and prosecution of those who abuse these valuable
Anyone with information on this crime or any other criminal activity is
encouraged to contact their local RCMP Detachment, local police service
or anonymously through Crimestoppers.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
S/Sgt. Peter Koersvelt,
RCMP "O" Division
Website: RCMP in Ontario