Toronto counterfeit operation dismantled

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Toronto (September 3, 2020) – The Toronto police dismantled a counterfeiting operation and arrested a Toronto man during a search warrant on September 1. Onis Belleus is now facing forgery and fraud charges. He is accused of using the forged documentation to support claims of representing legitimate businesses to make high-value purchases and sales. The investigators believe there may be more victims.

The Toronto police arrested Onis Belleus as a result of a fraud investigation, according to a police press release issued on September 2. The Toronto man is facing fraud and forgery charges after the police dismantled a counterfeit operation. The police believe there may be more victims.

The counterfeit operation

In November 2019, the Toronto police became aware of a person modifying official documents including Canadian passports, university degrees, medical and legal documents, government-issued documentation, and financial documentation.

The police discovered that the man was using the forged documentation ‘to support claims of representing legitimate businesses in order to make high-value purchases and sales of medical equipment,’ read the police statement.

He was operating under the following names: Synergy Capital, Onyx Platinum Developments, Onyx Medical Supplies, Joseph Bell, and Onyx Belleus.

Forgery and fraud allegations

On September 1, members of the Financial Crimes Unit executed a warrant. Subsequently, they arrested Belleus. He has been charged with Fraud Over $5,000, eight counts of Forgery, Personation, four counts of Possession of Forged Passport, Possession of Counterfeit Mark, and Possess Instrument to Commit Forgery. The 52-year-old was scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on the same day.

The investigators believe there may be more victims. Hence, police are seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation, and would like to speak to anyone who has any information regarding the ongoing fraud investigation. The police asked anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-7300, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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