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Toronto real estate agent charged with fraud, drug possession

Police say Dwight Grange has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000.
Police say Dwight Grange has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000. Handout / Toronto police

Police say they have charged a Toronto-area real estate agent with drug possession and fraud allegedly involving counterfeit bank deposits amounting to nearly $3 million.

Toronto police said the investigation was in relation to the owner of Grange Real Estate, which operates with connections in the Greater Toronto Area and internationally.

In a news release Thursday, investigators said they became aware of fraud allegations in early October and later discovered that counterfeit bank deposits were made into a business account in August 2018.

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Following the deposits, police allege several transactions involving transfer, credit and bill payments were made at different bank branches.

On Oct. 16, the financial crimes unit arrested 50-year-old Dwight Grange and charged him with two counts of fraud over $5,000, two counts of attempted fraud over $5,000 and uttering a forged document.

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Police said that while executing a search warrant, officers also allegedly discovered a “large quantity” of narcotics and later charged Grange with four counts of drug possession and four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

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A second suspect, 49-year-old Amanda Milward, also faces the same drug charges, police said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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