Hamilton (April 17, 2020) – Hamilton police (HPS) laid more charges on a fraudster couple they already arrested in mid-January of this year. Bobbi-Jo Reichheld (34) and Joshua Virag (31) are now facing a total of 292 fraud-related charges. The HPS Major Fraud Unit continued their investigation into the identity theft practices of the fraudster couple and identified additional 162 of their alleged victims.
Hamilton police laid additional charges on the fraudster couple, they caught in mid-January as a result of continued investigation into their identity theft practices, according to a press release from April 15.
Lengthy investigation leads to arrest of fraudster couple
Hamilton Police Service (HPS) Major Fraud Detectives began their identity theft investigation in July 2018. In March 2019, the authorities executed the first search warrant on an east mountain residence in Hamilton. Subsequently, the police seized identification documents, payment cards as well as property and laid charges against Bobbi-Jo Reichheld (34) of Hamilton and Joshua Virag (31) of no fixed address.
Further investigation led to a second search warrant at the same Hamilton home, which was executed on January 16 of this year. In doing so, the police seized electronic devices, appliances, payment cards, identification, banking documents, and mail addressed to a number of people but neither Reichheld or Virag. On that day, HPS Major Fraud Unit arrested and charged the duo for multiple fraud-related offenses.
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Major Fraud Unit identified 162 additional victims of identity theft
Since then, Hamilton police examined the seized electronic devices and continued the investigation. As a result, the police identified personal and banking information for an additional 162 victims, whose identity had allegedly been stolen by the fraudster couple.
The investigation discovered that the victims suffered from bank account takeovers, fraudulent transactions on their credit cards, loans, and other credit obtained in their names, said the police.
Almost 300 fraud-related charges
Reichheld and Virag are now facing a total of 292 criminal charges which are all related to fraud and identity theft. They are both charged with 152 counts of identity theft, 78 counts of identity fraud, 23 counts of fraud under $5000, three counts of unauthorized possession of a credit card, eleven counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5000, mischief to property over $5000, three counts of possession of counterfeit mark.
Virag is additionally charged with three counts of fraud under $5,000, eight counts of identity theft, and nine counts of identity fraud. He is scheduled to appear at the John Sopinka Courthouse on April 30. Reichheld is scheduled to appear on June 11.
Anyone who has information that could assist the police with this investigation, is asked to contact Detective Angela Abrams by calling 905-546-4603.