NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — Niagara Regional Police arrested a Richmond Hill man after an investigation into an individual who allegedly used stolen credit card information to buy gift certificates for a hotel and used them to pay for the hotel restaurant bill and other merchandise.
In April, the business reported the fraud to the police. An investigation by the central fraud unit found the man had dined at the restaurant, and then used complimentary services of the hotel to go online where he then used stolen credit card information to purchase and print off gift certificates that were used to obtain gift cards. These gift cards were then used to pay for the restaurant bill and other merchandise.
On Jan. 8, Shakib Gharibzada was arrested and charged with two counts of unauthorized use of credit card data, four counts of fraud under $5,000, one count of fraud over $5,000, one count of laundering proceeds of crime and one count of failing to comply with a probation order.
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