Norway House (August 12, 2020) – The Norway House RCMP arrested three men from Quebec in connection with identity fraud after conducting a traffic stop on August 6. The Mounties found 70 counterfeit IDs, a large amount of cash, multiple cellphones, and pepper spray. Beni Gileza, Wesnerlens Jordonne, and Sekou Toure are now each facing over 35 weapons and identity fraud charges.
The Norway House RCMP discovered over 70 counterfeit IDs, among other things during a traffic stop, according to a press released the Mounties issued on August 12. Subsequently, they arrested three Quebec men regarding the identity fraud investigation: Beni Gileza (23) of Chateauguay, Wesnerlens Jordonne (22) of Mercier, and Sekou Toure (19) of Chateauguay.
Suspicious vehicle identified in COVID-19 checkpoint
On August 6, the RCMP in Norway House received a call about a suspicious vehicle that passed the COVID-19 checkpoint in the community. The authorities described that the men in the car did not seem to know where they were going and had refused to answer multiple questions.
The Mounties located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop, that led to a search of the vehicle. In doing so, they seized over 70 counterfeit IDs, a large amount of cash, multiple cellphones, and pepper spray.
Weapons and identity fraud charges
Subsequently, the RCMP officers arrested the three men from Quebec. The trio is facing weapons and identity fraud charges including 31 counts of Identity Theft, Identify Fraud, multiple counts of Possession of a Forged Document, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Unauthorized Possession of Weapon. Gileza and Toure have also been charged with Fail to Comply.
After Gileza, Jordonne, and Toure appeared before a judge, they were released and scheduled to appear in court on October 7.
The Mounties advised that the investigation is still ongoing and asked anyone with information on this incident to call Norway House RCMP at 204-359-6483 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477, or secure tip online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com.