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    Pickering lottery scam busted

    Pickering lottery scam busted

    Jun 08, 2007 08:49 PM
    Justin Piercy
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    Police say they have broken up a sweepstakes lottery scam after raiding a home in Pickering.

    Two people were arrested on Thursday in a Nippissing Court home said to be the headquarters of the scam. Officers discovered what they say was a large-scale counterfeit cheque operation.

    Police say that for at least the last six months, victims across the United States were mailed letters stating they had won $75,000 (U.S.) in a publisher’s sweepstakes lottery.

    This letter would be accompanied by a "cheque" to the winner in the amount of $2,850, but it advised the victim to cash the cheque and send most of the money back for "service fees" before the full amount would be sent.

    The large payout would never make it to the victim and the financial institutions cashing the cheque would find it to be phony. The victim would then have to pay back the $2,850.

    Efe Omorregie, 44, and Ebuwa Florence Omorogieva, 38, both of Pickering, face seven charges each including fraud of over $5,000, two counts of forgery and the use of mail to defraud.
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    Scammers' new home?

    A new home for Efe Omorregie and Ebuwa Florence Omorogieva? It's Kingston Penitentiary, in Kingston, Ontario.



    Maybe some of our crack legal team can tell us if they are facing federal charges or provincial charges. Kingston looks to be a federal prison in Ontario.

    According to the penitentiary website:
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    The offender is ultimately responsible for his criminal behaviour. The sentence of the court constitutes punishment. The community is a responsible participant in the correctional process. Federal corrections are responsible for the provision of an environment with appropriate measures of security, conducive to active participation in program opportunities. Federal corrections are responsible for the provision of adequate procedural safeguards designed to protect the rights of the offender. The offender is responsible for earning and maintaining his privileges.
    It has a rated capacity of 564 inmates, but as of 2004, it had only 494 inmates, so no problem with overcrowing there.

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    You know, it would be kind of funny if Ebuwa Florence Omorogieva and/or Efe Omorregie ran into one of their scam victims in prison. Well, funny for us, that is, but not for them.
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    If there is a silver lining in the cloud, I think it's this:
    For the most part, it is the financial institutions that will be on the hook.
    In the past, whenever a victim had a fake check, the bank could always charge it back to the victim and the victim ate the loss. In this case, the banks could eat the loss. When banks start losing money to scammers like this they are going to start taking anti-fraud efforts a lot more seriously. That will get them to pay a lot more attention to security, and to us, hopefully.

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    Pickering lottery scam busted

    Jun 08, 2007 08:49 PM
    Justin Piercy
    Staff Reporter

    Police say they have broken up a sweepstakes lottery scam after raiding a home in Pickering.

    Two people were arrested on Thursday in a Nippissing Court home said to be the headquarters of the scam. Officers discovered what they say was a large-scale counterfeit cheque operation.

    Police say that for at least the last six months, victims across the United States were mailed letters stating they had won $75,000 (U.S.) in a publisher’s sweepstakes lottery.

    This letter would be accompanied by a "cheque" to the winner in the amount of $2,850, but it advised the victim to cash the cheque and send most of the money back for "service fees" before the full amount would be sent.

    The large payout would never make it to the victim and the financial institutions cashing the cheque would find it to be phony. The victim would then have to pay back the $2,850.

    Efe Omorregie, 44, and Ebuwa Florence Omorogieva, 38, both of Pickering, face seven charges each including fraud of over $5,000, two counts of forgery and the use of mail to defraud.

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    No news on these gents yet. Efe Omorregie and Ebuwa Florence Omorogieva ought to be convicted by now.

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    Wheels of Canadian justice, kinda slow, you know?
    Go ahead, make my day.

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    Maybe it's the wheels of the Canadian media?

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