Aug 11, 2011 – 01:44 PM
DURHAM –A joint investigation between Durham Regional Police and the OPP has resulted in charges of identity theft and fraud.
Three Brampton residents are facing charges in connection with an incident that happened in Pickering earlier this summer.
Police say two women went to a Sears store in July and bought large amounts of gift cards using credit cards.
Store employees were suspicious and called police, who discovered the real credit card holders live in British Columbia and have never been to Ontario.
Further investigation revealed the two suspects had multiple Ontario driver’s licences under fake names and were connected to a Brampton home that had been purchased under a fake name.
On Aug. 10 police executed two search warrants in Brampton and arrested three people.
They also seized dozens of credit cards, four vehicles and large amounts of property obtained through crime including appliances, electronics and gift cards.
Police also found credit profiles for identity theft victims from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia.
Gbemisloa Akinrinade, 32, Victoria Fafowora, 34, and Olushola Kehinde, 39 are facing charges that include possession of a credit card obtained by crime and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
Police are reminding local residents to check their credit report with a credit bureau on a regular basis.
Anyone with new information on this investigation is asked to call 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5281 or make an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visiting www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.
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