During the Month of August, 2021, members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Economic Crime and Corruption Unit commenced an investigation into theft and fraud occurrences in the City of Temiskaming Shores.
The incidents occurred allegedly occurred between June and July 2021.
The investigation revealed that an individual had been defrauded by a female who allegedly withdrew and transferred a large sum of money from the victim’s account.
The Kirkland Lake OPP arrested the accused on January 28, 2022 shortly after 6:30 p.m. in Kirkland Lake.
Northern News reported that “April GAGNON, a 35-year-old resident of Kirkland Lake has been charged with:
- Identity Theft – obtain or possess another persons identity, contrary to section 402.2(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)
- Personation with intent – intent to gain advantage (Identity fraud), contrary to section 403(1)(a) of the CC
- Theft over $5,000, contrary to section 334(a) of the CC
- Fraud over $5,000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the CC”
Be aware that these charges have not been proven in court.
The accused was released by way of an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on March 1, 2022 in the City of Temiskaming Shores.
The Temiskaming OPP is reminding the public to stay vigilant of frauds and scams.
If you believe you are a victim of fraud contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or through their online reporting tool. Check it often to stay current with the latest scams and tips on how to protect yourself.
This article was originally sourced by www.northernnews.ca.