HAMILTON, ON, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) - Identity Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Durham Regional Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Hamilton Police Services and the Canada Border Services Agency executed four search warrants across the Greater Toronto area on February 15, 2011 in relation to a 4 month investigation into stolen identification which the accused has used for 20 years while residing in Canada. 

The investigation began in November of 2010 after the OCEB - Identity Crimes Unit received information from the victim that his identity was being used without his knowledge. The victim first became aware that someone had gained access to his personal information in 1997 when he returned to Lebanon for a visit.

The police investigation revealed that the accused had stolen the victim's identity in Lebanon and had fraudulently used it in Ontario to acquire various government documents to live illegally in Ontario under his stolen name. Police are still investigating the accused to determine his true identity.

Under the provisions of new identity theft legislation brought in under the Criminal Code in January, 2010, the OPP have charged one male as John DOE of Hamilton with: Fraud Over $5000; Possession of Property Obtained By Crime; Unauthorized Possession of Government Identification; Purposely Possess Identity information; Personation and; Utter Forged Documents.

John DOE is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto at Old City Hall Court, 60 Queen Street West on Wednesday February 16, 2011.

Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Rob Krzyzaniiak of the OPP Identity Crimes Unit at 1-905-671-6878.

For tips to prevent Identity Theft, click here: http://www.opp.ca/ecms/index.php?id=142

Anonymous information can be sent to Crime Stoppers where tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward. The investigation is continuing.

SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police

For further information:


Inspector Don Perron
Ontario Provincial Police
Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau 
(905) 671-6891

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