A Toronto taxi driver is facing multiple charges in an ongoing investigation into alleged debit-card fraud.
Late last week, investigators from three police divisions seized cash, counterfeit identification, debit cards and a stolen SUV; all of which came from a card-switching scheme where dozens of taxi customers were victimized.
Toronto police say the case focused on passengers who used their debit cards to pay for rides in a CO-OP taxi cab dating back to the fall of 2015.
“A taxi customer would have their card switched after they paid for their fare,” said Toronto Police Const. Jenifferjit Sidu, “and actually their card would be skimmed for their PIN by the same payment terminal before that.”
Investigators searched a home on September 1st and recovered items valued at approximately $100,000.
Adnan Jahangir appeared in a Scarborough, Ont. court on Thursday. The 44-year-old is facing 180 fraud-related charges including multiple counts of theft under $5,000, unauthorized use of credit card data, fraud under $5,000 and property obtained by crime.
Police believe the fraud was an independent operation, but are investing to determine whether others were involved.
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