Alert store clerk tips cops off to fraud
A 22-year-old man and a youth from Quebec face identity theft charges after North Bay police investigated a suspected fraudulent credit application May 10 at a North Bay store.
Through further investigation, police identified additional occurrences in the Sudbury and Midland areas.
Police in North Bay allege the two accused were trying to obtain credit to purchase electronic equipment from the store in North Bay. The employee was concerned with some of the details of the process and contacted police.
When police attended, they determined the identity information being used did not belong to the two individuals and they were arrested.
Personal identification cards and a credit card were seized.
The 22-year-old is charged with three counts of possession of identity documents, three counts of fraud, three counts identity theft and one count of obstructing a police officer.
The youth is charged with two counts of possession of identity documents, two counts of fraud and two counts identity theft.
Both individuals have been held in custody pending a bail hearing at the North Bay Courthouse.
In accordance with Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act, the North Bay Police Service will not be releasing the names, or any other information, that may lead to the identification of the accused youth.