On Aug. 4, 2021, members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and the Economic Crime and Corruption Unit commenced an investigation into theft and fraud occurrences in the City of Temiskaming Shores.
The alleged incidents occurred in the summer 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 accused, April Gagnon age 35, was arrested on Jan. 28, 2022 and charged with:
- Identity theft – 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
Gagnon 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 have become 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.timminstoday.com.