Nov 29, 2011
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - On November 29, 2011 the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau's Identity Crimes Unit (ICU) with the assistance from Durham Regional Police Major Fraud Unit, Toronto Police Major Fraud Unit, Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau, York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit, Canada Border Services Agency, Provincial Anti Terrorism Section, and OPP resources from the Highway Safety Division, Central Region and Asset Forfeiture Unit executed 20 search warrants on locations and vehicles in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The warrants were executed on 7 residences and one business.
In June of 2011 the OPP ICU commenced an investigation into a criminal organization that was involved in a multi million dollar "Bust-out" fraud scam. The group manufactured or obtained false identification which was used to obtain various forms of credit until the credit was exhausted. This group operated several businesses fronts in order to launder the proceeds of their activities. The accused then abandoned the accounts and as a result losses of approximately 3 million dollars were experience by several financial institutions.
Police seized 5 vehicles and have obtained a warrant for the seizure of one more as offence related property in relation to the activities of the accused. Also seized in the warrants was computer equipment, point of sale terminals, manufactured identification in fraudulent names, proceeds of crime, instruments of forgery and cash.
Police have charged the following nine (9) persons with Criminal Code offences in relation to this ongoing investigation:
1) Asif MOHAMMAD, 29 year old male of Mississauga is charged with;
2) Shaina DAR, 27 year old female of Mississauga is charged with;
3) Shayan ZEESHAN, 27 year old male of Brampton is charged with;
4) Adil ANWAR, 22 year old male of Toronto is charged with;
5) Munir Ahamd KAHLON, 59 year old male of Brampton is charged with;
6) Kashan DAR, 33 year old male of Mississauga is charged with;
7) Rafay YASIR, 26 year old male of Mississauga is charged with;
8) Mansoor KAHLON, 45 year old male of Brampton is charged with;
All accused will appear in bail court at the Ontario Court of Justice Criminal Division in Brampton on November 30, 2011.
An arrest warrant remains in effect for:
9) Mudrik Mohamed OMAR, 31 year old male of Toronto wanted on the charges of;
Chief Superintendent Mike Armstrong, Commander of OCEB states, "This is another good example of the integrated efforts of police agencies and the banking industry working together to identify and capture those individuals responsible for this emerging crime trend. Identity theft costs Canadians hundreds of millions of dollars each year."
Anyone with information in relation to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Rob Krzyzaniak of the OPP Identity Crimes Unit at 1-905-671-6878.
For further information:
D/Sgt Rob Krzyzaniak
Ontario Provincial Police
Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau