Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Man Accused of Using Fake ID to Get Money Meant for Fire Evacuees

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta Man Accused of Using Fake ID to Get Money Meant for Fire Evacuees

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Man accused of using faking ID to get fire money

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CALGARY - A 29-year-old man is facing charges of using fake identification to get emergency money meant for Fort McMurray fire evacuees.

Calgary police Const. Melissa van Waes says the man went to a centre set up by the Alberta government to give debit cards to people who had to flee their homes in northeastern Alberta due to a massive forest fire earlier this month.

The officer says a Service Alberta worker noticed something when the man produced identification and it turned out it was fake.

It was also discovered that the man had two other debit cards from another centre.

Debit cards for evacuees are loaded with $1,250 for an adult and $500 per child.

Van Waes says police are working with Service Alberta to determine whether the funds have been accessed. …

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