Calgary boxer and woman charged in lottery scam
Suspects arrested after jumping from 2nd-floor balcony
Calgary boxerAlbert Onolunose is one of two people charged in connection with an alleged lottery scam.
Onolunose, 34, and AbebaGirma, 25, were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a residence on Glamis Drive S.W.
Onolunose won the Canadian middleweight championship on the professional boxing circuit in May of last year in Calgary.
Police say while officers were searching the premises, the two suspects tried to flee by jumping from a second-floor balcony. They were caught after a short foot chase.
Investigators believe the two were involved in a lottery scam in which victims received letters in the mail stating they had won a lottery. Police are still trying to determine how many people were victimized.
"Prior to receiving the money they were asked to send percentages of that money, so varying percentages of that money based on taxes calculated and administrative fees," said Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul.
"Try not to fall for those type of easy money scams. Unless you buy a ticket, in our experience, there's no legitimate lottery that would ask you to pay prior to receiving your winnings so watch out for that as well."
Police found credit card information, mail with counterfeit postage and mailing lists inside the Calgary residence.
According to police, Canada Post located more than 5,000 letters with the same counterfeit postage which were addressed to people across Canada and the United States.
Onolunose is charged with five counts of possession of credit card data, one count of fraud over $5,000, using mail to defraud and counterfeiting stamps.
Abeba Girma is charged with one count of identity theft.
They will appear in court later this month.
In 2010 Onolunose was charged with numerous fraud and money-laundering offences, also in connection with a fake lotto scam.