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Ontario Police Seeing Identity Theft And Counterfeiting

Story By: Greg Heindel

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  Original Published: 2/20/2014

Two hard-to-solve types of crime are becoming more common in Ontario; obtaining credit through identity theft, and passing counterfeit bills.

Police have apprehended several suspects, but are having trouble finding the mastermind.

The elusive ringleader drives a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck. He waits outside while a couple of hired helpers go into stores and use a fake driver's license, with the name of an innocent victim but the face of the person carrying it. When the helpers emerge with merchandise, they turn it over to the man in the pick-up truck and he pays them and leaves.

This same type of operation is also done with passing phony money, which is becoming harder to detect.

Ontario stores victimized by these scams include Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Target, Best Buy, and ABC Warehouse. Detective Jon Sigler urges all local merchants to look closely for signs a license or bill is fake.

Sigler says charges are pending against the people who have been apprehended. He says none of them know the identity of the ringleader in the pick-up truck.

   
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