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Police arrest two men allegedly tied to organized auto fraud ring

Greater Toronto Area (April 29, 2020) – Halton police’s Fraud Unit arrested two men from Mississauga in connection with an alleged organized auto fraud ring. Muhammed Khoshnaw (59) and Mohammed Hussein (29) are facing fraud-related charges as a result of an investigation dubbed ‘Project Outbound’. While executing search warrants, the police seized 17 vehicles worth approximately $1.35 million. The police believe that the suspects tried to ship the vehicles out of Canada after they allegedly obtained them fraudulently in local dealerships.

The Halton police arrested two men from Mississauga following an investigation into an alleged organized auto fraud ring, according to a press release from April 28. Police said the so-called ‘Project Outbound’ seized to date 17 vehicles, worth approximately $1.35 million.

Investigation ‘Project Outbound’

The Halton police’s Fraud Unit launched their investigation into the alleged organized auto fraud ring in January of this year after two pickup trucks were fraudulently obtained from a car dealership in Oakville.

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The investigation revealed that the suspects fraudulently purchased multiple vehicles from various car dealerships in the Greater Toronto Area. Subsequently, they attempted to ship them out of Canada, the police said. The authorities believe that the accused used the Port of Montreal for their shippings to the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Some cars were seized before leaving Canada with the assistance of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Halton police executed search warrants at three separate locations in Mississauga. They seized a white Dodge Ram and a silver Land Rover, electronics, and $4,700 in cash.

Two arrested in connection with an organized auto fraud ring

As a result of the investigation, the police arrested Muhammed Khoshnaw (59) and Mohammed Hussein (29), both from Mississauga, and charged them with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. Khoshnaw is also facing two counts of Fraud Over $5,000.

‘The detection and disruption of organized crime groups such as this one is an ongoing priority of the Halton Regional Police Service,’ said Deputy Chief Jeff Hill. ‘The negative impact on the community from fraudulent criminal activity is significant and takes the form of increased insurance and retail costs.’

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The investigation is ongoing and the police expect more arrests as well as more charges as it continues.

Anybody who may have additional information about this incident is asked to contact Halton Police’s Fraud Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 8738.