On May 28, 2020 members our Break Enter and Robbery (B.E.A.R.) Unit received information of a suspicious transaction attempt at a local luxury car dealership by an individual purchasing a vehicle valued at $77,000.

The police investigation subsequently revealed that the vehicle was being purchased with counterfeit identification. Through collaboration with our Financial Crimes Unit, further investigation determined that this incident was one of many similar offences that have occurred across the province. This sophisticated organized group, appear to target high-value brand new vehicles by gaining financing and licencing with identification obtained through identity theft. It is only later when the victim of the identity theft is contacted by creditors that the fraud is realized and by that time the vehicle and suspects are unable to be located.

At 4:15 p.m. on May 29, 2020, Officers intercepted a woman at the local dealership upon her arrival to pick-up the vehicle.

She was arrested without incident and was found to have three pieces of fraudulent, but very authentic in appearance, Federal and Provincial identification.

Her true identity was confirmed via police identification records. The 35 year old woman from the Wasaga Beach area has been charged with the following Criminal Code offences;

  • Obtaining Credit by False Pretence
  • Identity Theft
  • Personation with Intent
  • Possession of Identity Documents x3
  • Fraud Over $5000
  • Utter Forged Document – Use
  • Counterfeiting Stamps x3

She will appear in Court on August 12, 2020. The investigation into this matter is ongoing.