Calgary police have charged four men, including one from Quebec, after a lengthy investigation into a credit card fraud and identity-theft ring that targeted people across Canada and the United States.
Investigators allege the four went deep into the Internet to acquire credit histories, which would then be used to apply for various bank accounts and credit cards.
Applications would then be made to Canada Post to re-direct the cards and account information from the victims’ addresses to a post office box controlled by the suspects.
Staff Sgt. Kristie Verheul said the identities of at least 35 people were stolen by the Calgary-run operation and that the cards appear to have been used to make high-end purchases.
Francis Mbuya, a 32-year-old Calgary resident, is facing multiple fraud-related charges.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Jeff Carmell Charles of Calgary, Paul Seguin of Montreal and Jack-Samuel Mesadieux of Brooklyn, N.Y.
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