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Police seek assistance with counterfeit bills

Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating three separate incidences involving counterfeit currency.

All incidents happened to separate businesses on February 20, 2020 around noon within the Ryan Wells and Colonnade Drive Business area in the Township of North Grenville. All involved $50 Canadian currency bills. (See photographs attached)

The OPP is reminding businesses to be cautious when accepting currency and to notify the police of anything suspicious.

CHARGES LAID IN IDENTITY FRAUD

On February 21, 2020 at around 2:00 p.m. Grenville County OPP responded to a report of fraud at a bank in the town of Prescott, Ontario. Police were informed of an individual who was trying to deposit a cheque amounting to under $300,000. A suspect was located on a nearby street.

A woman, aged 47 of Mississauga was charged with:

Identity Theft – obtain or possess another person’s identity information contrary to s. 402.2(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)Use, deals, acts on forged document contrary to s. 268(1)(a) of the CC
Personation with Intent – intent to gain advantage contrary to s. 403(1)(a) of the CC
Possession of an identity document contrary to s. 56.1 of the CC
Fraud over $5000 contrary to s. 380(1)(a) of the CC

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville on March 20, 2020.

You can file a complaint through the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or online at www.tipsubmit.com. If you are a victim of a fraud or scam or unsure if it is a scam, contact your local police.

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