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Laval police bust fraud ring worth $750K

Laval police say tips from the public have led to the dismantling of a two-man fake identification operation worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

2 men created at least 273 synthetic identities and 20 fake companies, police say

Laval police say Mian Suhail and Iqbal Javaid committed $600,000 and $150,000 worth of fraud respectively. (Laval police)

Laval police say tips from the public have led to the dismantling of a two-man fake identification operation worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Police say Mian Suhail and Iqbal Javaid created at least 273 synthetic identities and 20 fake companies. Synthetic identities are purely made up, as opposed to identity theft which is when criminals steal a real person's information.

According to Laval police, Suhail is wanted in the United States and has used four different identities while in that country. He entered Canada claiming to be a refugee, a claim authorities now believe to be false.

In September, police raided Suhail's home in the Pont Viau neighbourhood and seized materials used to create fake IDs, including about 100 photos, finished fake IDs and also:

  • $75,000 in cash.
  • 6 point of sale terminals.
  • Moulds for making false IDs and false documents.
  • A car worth $100,000.

Last month, Suhail pleaded guilty to 16 fraud-related charges. He will spend 30 months in prison.

Yesterday, his alleged accomplice Javaid was arraigned on 10 fraud-related charges.

Police estimate the total worth of the fraud committed by Suhail at $600,000. They allege Javaid committed $150,000 worth of fraud.

Anyone with information about the men is asked to call Laval police at 450-662-4636 or 911 and mention file number LVL 160119-026.

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