97 charges laid in Calgary identity theft, fraud ring
Offences allegedly targeted at least 15 victims between January and July 2013
Calgary police have laid 97 charges against two people believed to be involved in a sophisticated identity theft and fraud ring.
At least 15 people were allegedly victims of the fraud offences, which include identity theft, identity fraud and manufacturing counterfeit documents.
Investigators estimate the victims have lost at least $65,000 combined and expect that number to grow as the investigation continues.
Police executed a search warrant July 4 on a residence in Discovery Ridge and seized equipment used for the production of counterfeit items, including:
- counterfeit Alberta drivers licences
- counterfeit Canadian Social Insurance cards
- counterfeit Alberta Health cards
- counterfeit B.C. birth certificates
- credit card point of sale pin pads
- white credit card blanks
- counterfeit business cheques
- copies of victims' credit bureau reports/credit history
- sticker sheets with Alberta "Registrar of Motor Vehicle Services" hologram stickers
- stolen property
- $4,000 cash
One of the men charged will make a court appearance next month, while police are still searching for the second suspect.