Cou­ple fac­ing charges re­lated to gift cards

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION - TREVOR WIL­HELM twil­helm@post­media.com

Wind­sor po­lice ar­rested two Toronto res­i­dents Tues­day af­ter they al­legedly tried to pull a scam in­volv­ing Devon­shire Mall gift cards.

On Tues­day around 10 a.m., po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint from guest ser­vices about a sus­pi­cious cou­ple. Po­lice said the man had told guest ser­vices he was from Toronto and bought a large amount of mall gift cards us­ing a credit card.

Shortly af­ter, the woman re­turned to the guest ser­vices booth and also tried to buy a large sum of gift cards. She was de­nied be­cause the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card she was us­ing had ex­pired. Of­fi­cers also learned that the man had just used most of the gift cards at a store in the mall. Po­lice said the of­fi­cers tracked down the man and learned that the credit card he used to buy the gift cards had been al­tered. He was also un­der court or­ders not to pos­sess a credit card.

Po­lice said they ar­rested him and also found he was car­ry­ing 14 grams of metham­phetamine.

The of­fi­cers and mall se­cu­rity then found the woman. Po­lice said it turned out she used a false name when she tried to buy the gift cards.

She is also un­der a court or­der not to pos­sess a credit card. Po­lice ar­rested her as well.

Ir­win Bue­naven­tura, 38, from Toronto, is charged with fraud un­der $5,000, breach of re­cog­ni­zance, breach of pro­ba­tion and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance. Michelle Mathe­son, 30, from Toronto, is charged with fraud un­der $5,000, fraud­u­lent per­son­ation and breach of pro­ba­tion.

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