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
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