Cross-Border Investigation Leads to Arrests in Alleged Identity Theft Ring: Police

By Casey, Liam | The Canadian Press, May 9, 2017 | Go to article overview

Cross-Border Investigation Leads to Arrests in Alleged Identity Theft Ring: Police


Casey, Liam, The Canadian Press


Police arrest 2 in alleged identity theft ring

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TORONTO - Four Toronto men lived a lavish lifestyle, spending money as fast as it came in on items such as expensive cologne and shoes, as part of an alleged identity theft ring that bilked banks out of $10 million, according to police.

The cross-border investigation -- dubbed Project Royal -- involved Toronto police, the RCMP, several provincial ministries and U.S. agencies, and has led to charges against two men and arrest warrants for two others.

Det. Mike Kelly said one of the men allegedly had connections with people who had access to legitimate identity information for a price. He said police discovered a notebook with about 5,000 names of Toronto-area residents along with their identification information, including credit card numbers.

The perpetrators would check the credit of those on the list to see if the information was worth using, then somehow get the companies to issue new cards to a "legitimate person" and intercept the cards in the mail, Kelly alleged.

Police said they raided a condominium in Yorkville, a high-end Toronto neighbourhood, where they seized more than $300,000 worth of goods, some of which they displayed at a news conference Tuesday morning. …

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