Stolen Mo­hawk printer used in coun­ter­feit oper­a­tion: po­lice

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NI­COLE O’REILLY nor­eilly@thes­ 905-526-3199 | @Ni­coleatTheSpec

Hamil­ton po­lice say a high-qual­ity printer stolen from Mo­hawk Col­lege was be­ing used in a coun­ter­feit doc­u­ment oper­a­tion.

The printer was stolen Nov. 21. Im­ages of the theft sus­pects were cap­tured on sur­veil­lance gear and shared through me­dia.

They al­legedly posed as re­pair­men to gain ac­cess to the printer in­side the Stoney Creek cam­pus at 481 Bar­ton St.

The al­leged sus­pects were identified. Po­lice say 31-year-old James Juodirsis and 27year-old Phillip Wil­liamson, both of Hamil­ton, are each fac­ing a charge of theft over $5,000.

But the printer, which was used at the col­lege for print­ing stu­dent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards, was still miss­ing at the time, said Det. Const. Phil Poirier.

Then on Jan. 20 po­lice were called on an un­re­lated mat­ter to a Hamil­ton res­i­dence — where of­fi­cers al­legedly found the printer and a num­ber of fraud­u­lent doc­u­ments.

Two other peo­ple were ar­rested at that address.

It’s al­leged the printer was be­ing used to print fraud­u­lent driver’s li­cence cards, health cards, birth cer­tifi­cates, so­cial in­sur­ance cards, credit cards and coun­ter­feit cur­rency.

Poirier said it’s un­clear what the doc­u­ments were be­ing used for, but they had a num­ber of dif­fer­ent names. It does not ap­pear the doc­u­ments were be­ing sold, but rather had some per­sonal use for those in­volved in the al­leged oper­a­tion.

Cas­san­dra Jor­dan, 33, and Mor­gan Richard­son, 29, both from Hamil­ton are fac­ing th­ese charges: make coun­ter­feit marks, pos­sess coun­ter­feit marks, pos­sess in­stru­ments for forgery, iden­tity theft doc­u­ments, pos­sess credit card data, make coun­ter­feit money, pos­sess coun­ter­feit money and pos­sess coun­ter­feit in­stru­ments.

Poirier said he be­lieves more peo­ple were in­volved in the oper­a­tion, which ap­pears to have started around the time of the printer theft.

The printer has been re­turned to Mo­hawk Col­lege.

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