Toronto: 2 arrested in ID theft investigation

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  1. Miyuki

    Miyuki Administratrix Staff Member

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3437910/2...ught-in-10m-gta-identity-theft-investigation/

    With video as well.

    2 charged, 1 suspect sought in $10M GTA identity theft investigation

    By David Shum Web Producer Global News

    Two men from Toronto have been charged with orchestrating what police say was a sophisticated identity theft ring that resulted in the seizure of over $10 million in purchased goods.

    Toronto police began their investigation dubbed “Project Royal” in the summer of 2016 after they were made aware of a group of individuals who investigators say were involved in using stolen mail to obtain personal and credit card information from residents living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

    “[It] appears at some point these individuals come into contact with mail that appears to have been stolen in one facet or another,” Det. Const. Mike Kelly told reporters during a press conference Tuesday morning.

    “That information is then transcribed in what we believe to be in notebooks and then ‘checked out’ effectively, it’s some form of mechanism of checking the overall credit capabilities of it and the worthiness of exploitation, and series of things flow from that which result in a new credit card being issued.”

    Police said the accused had connections to individuals in the financial industry which helped them fuel their “high-profile lifestyle.”

    Police said they also seized 37 fraudulently obtained credit cards and a series of notebooks containing the handwritten identity of approximately 5,000 GTA residents.

    Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, was arrested on Dec. 13, 2016 and charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, 10 counts of fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of proceeds of crime.

    Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37, was arrested on April 27 and charged with multiple offences including fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000, identity theft, possession of credit card obtained by crime, possession of proceeds of crime and fail to comply with probation.

    Police said an arrest warrant was issued on March 9 for 44-year-old Duro Akintola, also known as Michie Noah.

    Police believe Omitiran had connections to people who had access to personal financial information and are seeking the public’s help identifying these individuals.

    “We believe he has associations with people in sensitive positions within the financial industry, in financial institutions, as well as other places that would have access to sensitive information,” Kelly said.

    Investigators said the investigation involved a collaboration between multiple police forces and government agencies including the RCMP, Competition Bureau of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Ontario Ministry of Finance, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Financial Crimes at 416-808-7300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
     
  2. Kat

    Kat Administrator Staff Member

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    Adekunle Johnson Omitiran

    https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/20...-compromised-in-project-royal-fraud-ring.html

    Thousands of Torontonians ‘have information compromised’ in Project Royal fraud ring


    Police seize stolen credit cards, hundreds of pieces of mail and a number of notebooks containing the personal information of at least 5,000 GTA residents, with losses estimated at more than $10 million.

    Toronto police have arrested two men and are searching for a third in a massive fraud investigation dubbed Project Royal.

    The individuals involved lived a “high-profile lifestyle of conspicuous consumption fuelled by the proceeds of identity theft and fraud,” police allege in a statement Tuesday.

    Police said they have seized 37 stolen credit cards, hundreds of pieces of presumably stolen mail, and a number of notebooks containing the personal information of at least 5,000 GTA residents.

    “Thousands of individuals across the GTA have had their information compromised,” said Det. Const. Mike Kelly.

    The evidence was found April 24 after police executed a search warrant at a Yorkville condominium that is believed to be “under the control” of Adekunle Johnson Omitiran.

    Police also found $39,000 in cash, $310,000 worth of watches and about $390,000 worth of clothing, jewelry, accessories and liquor, said Det. Sgt. Ian Nichol.

    Nichol said he believes that all of the items were obtained through identity theft. The resulting losses are estimated at more than $10 million.

    Omitiran, 37, turned himself in to police on April 27, and has been charged with fraud over $5,000, four counts of fraud under $5,000, two counts of identity theft, trafficking identity information, possession of credit cards obtained by crime, two counts of possession of proceeds of crime, and failure to comply with probation. He will appear in court on May 19.

    Investigators believe that Omitiran had connections to people who had legitimate access to identity information, and that it was sold to him for a fee. Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the individuals who provided him with the information.

    Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, of Toronto, was arrested in connection with the case on Dec. 13, 2016, and was charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, 10 counts of fraud under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and possession of proceeds of crime, police said. He will appear in court on May 18.

    On March 9, police issued a warrant for Duro Akintola, 44, also known as Michie Noah, of Toronto. Another man, Emmanuel Salako, 47, also known as Gee Salaq, was indicted by the United States Postal Inspection Service in Chicago under the name George Salako, and is wanted in the U.S.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Financial Crimes at 416-808-7300 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

    The investigation, which according to police has been ongoing since summer 2016, was conducted with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Competition Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the Ontario Ministry of Finance, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, York Regional Police, Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Canada Post Investigations, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and members of the public.
     
  3. De Master Yoda

    De Master Yoda Administrator Staff Member

    Well done to all involved in getting these low life scammers out of circulation. (y)
    They will not be living the high life for a long time to come.

    http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/09/fraudsters-were-living-the-high-life-cops

    TORONTO - A group of fraudsters were living it up as they stole people’s identities and bought luxury goods, Toronto Police allege.

    Two men have been charged and two are being sought in an alleged $10-million fraud ring.

    “These people lived a high-profile lifestyle of conspicuous consumption fuelled by the proceeds of identity theft and fraud,” Det. Sgt. Ian Nichol, of the financial crimes unit, said Tuesday.

    Some of the items seized during the Project Royal investigation include a $150,000 Romain Jerome Moon Dust DNA Automatic watch, a pair of crocodile hide shoes for $10,000, as well as sunglasses, clothing and perfume all with price tags in the thousands and most being purchased in the Yorkville area.

    Identity information of 5,000 GTA residents was also seized, along with dozens of fraudulently obtained credit cards and hundreds of pieces of stolen mail.

    It is believed the fraud ring had connections to individuals who had access to people’s identities and served them up for a fee.

    “I can tell you they had associations with people in financial institutions,” Det. Const. Mike Kelly said, adding police are trying to track them down.

    In December 2016, Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with 12 counts of fraud and possession of property obtained by crime.

    Police executed a search warrant at a Yorkville condo on April 24 while looking for Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37, and seized cash, watches, jewelry and clothing.

    Omitiran later surrendered to police and was charged with several counts of fraud and identity theft, possession of stolen credit cards, and possession of proceeds of crime.

    A warrant has also been issued for Duro Akintola, 44, of Toronto, who is also known as Michie Noah.

    Emmanuel Salako, 47, of Toronto, who is also known as Gee Salaq, is wanted by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Chicago.

    Toronto Police worked with the RCMP, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Ontario government agencies, and U.S. agencies such as the postal service to bust the ring.

    kconnor@postmedia.com
     
  4. Nanook

    Nanook Administrator Staff Member

    More video at http://www.citynews.ca/2017/05/09/2-men-charged-3rd-sought-10m-fraud-ring-bust/

    Police news conference: http://antifraudintl.org/threads/toronto-project-royal-arrests.114455/

    and http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/5-000-gta-residents-affected-by-identity-theft-ring-1.3405477

    5,000 GTA residents affected by identity theft ring

    Kayla Goodfield, CTV News Toronto
    Published Tuesday, May 9, 2017 3:11PM EDT
    Last Updated Tuesday, May 9, 2017 7:05PM EDT

    Two men are now facing charges in what police are calling an identity theft ring which accumulated more than $10 million in losses from approximately 5,000 GTA residents.

    In summer 2016, Toronto police started this investigation dubbed Project Royal. It focused on allegations of fraud being committed by a group of people in the GTA on an ongoing basis.

    According to investigators, these people lived a “high-profile lifestyle” brought on by the proceeds of identity theft and fraud.

    Police seized 37 fraudulently obtained credit cards, hundreds of pieces of presumably stolen mail and multiple notebooks that had handwritten identification information of approximately 5,000 GTA residents.

    Within the notebooks and mail that were obtained by police, details that served as a starting point for the commission of financial crime were found. This act was targeted at Canadians, those abroad and Canadian institutions, with losses exceeding $10 million.

    Continuing into the investigation, police executed a search warrant at a Yorkville condominium on April 24. During this time police seized cash, watches, jewelry, clothing and accessories.

    Police said all of the obtained items were believed to be linked to identity theft.

    On December 13, 2016, Toronto-resident Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, was arrested. His charges include two counts of fraud over $5,000 and 10 counts of fraud under $5,000.

    Ogundana’s next court appearance is scheduled for May 18.

    A warrant was then issued for a suspect identified as Toronto-resident Duro Akintola, 44, also known as Michie Noah, on March 9.

    As well, 37-year-old suspect Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, of Toronto, turned himself into police on April 27. His charges also include two counts of identity theft, one count of fraud over $5,000 and four counts of fraud under $5,000.

    Omitiran is scheduled to appear in court on May 19.

    None of the charges against either of the men have been proven in court.

    Police said this investigation goes south of the border as well.

    Toronto-resident Emmanuel Salako, 47, also known as Gee Salaq, is wanted by the United States after being indicted by the United States Postal Inspection Service in Chicago under the name George Salako.

    In a news release issued on Tuesday, police said they suspect that Omitiran maintained connections with persons who had access to people’s personal information and would charge him a fee for it.

    Investigators are now hoping the public will help them identify who those people may be.
     

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