Brampton Woman Charged in GTA Fraud Case Targeting Banks

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A Brampton woman is one of four suspects charged - and a fourth is wanted - in connection with a fraud investigation targeting banks in Toronto.

It began in fall 2017.

That’s when a group of people began creating synthetic identifications - which included fraudulent Certificates of Indian Status - to open bank accounts at various financial institutions.

Fraudulent cheques were deposited into various accounts and funds were withdrawn, according to the Toronto police organized crime enforcement team.

Investigators executed search warrants on home addresses in the Toronto, Durham and Vaughan areas, seizing banking documents, fake Certificates of Indian Status, instruments for copying card data, and clothing.

The first suspect was arrested on Feb. 22.

James Sheedy, 31, of Toronto, is charged with conspiracy to commit indictable offence of fraud over $5,000; fraud over $5,000; possession of identity document; possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

Sheedy is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on April 26.

The second suspect was handcuffed on March 15.

Asia Gagnon-McCatty, 25, of Brampton, is charged with: conspiracy to commit indictable offence of fraud over $5,000; fraud over $5,000; possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000; false pretence; uttering a forged document.

She’s scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Ave. E. on April 25.

A third suspect was arrested on April 3.

Cody Lacey, 30, of Oshawa, is charged with: conspiracy to commit indictable offence of fraud over $5,000; fraud over $5,000; possession of an instrument for copying credit card data; possession of an identity document; possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

Lacey is scheduled to appear in court at 1911 Eglinton Ave. E. on May 25.

The fourth suspect was handcuffed on April 4.

Charles Olutu , 54, of Vaughan, is charged with: conspiracy to commit indictable offence of fraud over $5,000; fraud over $5,000; use forged document; false pretence.

He’s scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on May 16.

Investigators are asking for help locating Adam Thorndyke, 31, of no fixed address. He’s wanted on a warrant for: fraud under $5,000; three counts of false pretence; three counts of use forged document; possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Photo: Toronto Police Service handout

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