Former Human Resources Skills Development Canada Employee Charged for Issuing False SIN Cards

    TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - The RCMP Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime
Section charged Vanessa BARTHOLOMEW under the Criminal Code with Breach of
Trust by Public Officer and Uttering Forged Documents. The investigation and
charges result from concerns identified by Human Resources Skills Development
Canada, the federal government department which administers the Social
Insurance Number program.
    Investigators found irregularities with over two hundred (200) SIN
applications processed and verified by Ms. BARTHOLOMEW, a former employee of
Human Resources Skills Development Canada.
    While many of the suspect SIN cards have remained dormant since their
release in 2005 to 2007, several have been fraudulently used to obtain goods &
services, bank credit, government benefits, and Canadian passports. All of the
fraudulent Social Insurance Numbers have been flagged with the appropriate
government agencies and financial institutions to protect against future
    Vanessa BARTHOLOMEW's first court appearance is scheduled for May 11th,
2009 at Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto.
    Identity theft and related crime has become a significant challenge for
law enforcement globally and police remind everyone to safeguard their
biographical, financial, and other personal information from those who would
profit from it.

    The Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime Section is responsible for the
investigation of financial crimes affecting the federal government and does so
in partnership with the relevant government department. "Identifying and
investigating these types of allegations in order to preserve the integrity of
government programs, and the economy as a whole, continues to be a significant
priority for us", stated Inspector David Bellamy, Officer in Charge of the GTA
Commercial Crime Section. "This investigation represents the commitment of the
RCMP working together with its government partners and Canadian banks to
preserve that integrity".

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, Media Relations Coordinator,
RCMP "O" Division, Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409

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