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Calgary family faces dozens of charges in identity theft scam

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Calgary police have charged five members of one family who are all accused of taking part in an elaborate identity theft scam that targetted 19 victims.

Police say the culprits broke into parked vehicles in Calgary, Banff and Invermere, and stole the victims I.D.

The information was used to apply online for Home Depot credit cards, which were then used to buy gift cards at locations in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Airdrie, Okotoks and Cranbrook. The gift cards were then resold through online sites at a discounted price.

The thefts took place between March 2012 and October 2013 and it’s estimated the identity fraud netted the scammers $56,000.

There were 43 incidents in all.

Police were able to track down the suspects with the help of Home Depot Canada.

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The thefts took place between March 2012 and October 2013 and it’s estimated the identity fraud netted the scammers $56,000.

There were 43 incidents in all.

Jennifer Marie Shepherd, 27, of Calgary, is charged with 29 counts of identity fraud, 31 counts of fraud under $5,000, nine counts of laundering proceeds of crime and eight counts of breach of recognizance.

Andrew James Shepherd, 32, of Calgary is charged with three counts of identity fraud, four counts of fraud under $5,000, and four counts of laundering proceeds of crime.

Carol Lee Shepherd, 52, of Calgary is charged with four counts of identity fraud, four counts of fraud under #5,000and two counts of laundering proceeds of crime.

Darcy Frederick Shepherd, 50, of Calgary is charged with three counts of identity fraud, four counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of laundering proceeds of crime.

Sarah Annie Savoie, 30, of Calgary, is charged with seven counts of laundering proceeds of crime.

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