RCMP charged Toronto residents with multiple counts of fraud relating to false identities

TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The RCMP GTA Commercial Crime Section and the Canada Revenue Agency, assisted by Service Canada, Passport Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, are wrapping up a lengthy fraud investigation involving seven Toronto area residents. The suspects are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, fraud and uttering forged documents.

Police allege that the group used forged documents to obtained false identities which they then used to commit various frauds including submitting false personal and business tax returns. Most of the identities appear to have been created by the accused, however a few have been associated with real people. The offences took place between 2003 and 2008 however the majority of the offences occurred in 2006.

The RCMP is responsible for the investigation of fraud where the Government of Canada is a victim. In conjunction with the Canada Revenue Agency, the RCMP Greater Toronto Area Commercial Crime Section actively investigates abuses that occur towards the Canadian economy. "Identifying and investigating allegations of fraud 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. "The RCMP investigation represents our commitment to work in concert with our government partners to preserve the integrity of Canadian institutions."

Charged are Alexandre SOBKO (35), Evguenia KOTCHETOVA (28) of Woodbridge, Alexander KOTCHETOV (27) of Woodbridge, Sergei SOBKO (31) of Toronto and Margarita MISKEVICH (52) of Toronto. A first appearance has been set for September 25th, 2009.

Anyone with information can contact the RCMP at 1-800-472-4848.

SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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

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