Fraud Charges Laid in GTA Investigation

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The Halton Regional Police Service has ended a four month investigation into a series of on-line credit card frauds that have occurred across the GTA.

It is alleged that the accused placed several orders on-line with Best Buy using stolen credit card data and then travelled the GTA to intercept the delivery of the orders from the Canada Post delivery service. In some instances the accussed posed as a Canada Post employee to retrieve the package from a confused victim who had no idea that they had even placed the order that had just been delivered to their house.

Working closely with investigators from Durham, York and Peel Regional Police as well as Canada Post, members of the Halton Police Regional Fraud Unit actively pursued the GTA investigation and identified the suspect responsible.

Two recent victims took pictures and video of the suspect who had shown up at their front door and investigators were able to link 14 incidents across the GTA from Burlington to Whitby and north to Minden.

A total of 54 criminal charges have been laid, the accused has been held in custody pending a bail hearing on July 5, 2016 in Milton Provincial Court.

Police do not believe that the accused was acting independently and suspect that his actions are part of a more organized criminal group and will be continuing their investigation in the hopes of identifying the others involved.

The total loss involved is estimated to be in the area of $40,000 and it is possible that more victims have yet to be identified.

Anyone with further information related to this occurrence are asked to contact the Halton Police Regional Fraud Unit at 905-825-4747 ext 8739

Charged is Petar GYOSHEV (24yrs) of Mississuaga.

Charges include numerous counts of:

  1. Fraud Under $5000,
  2. Unauthorized Use of a Credit Data,
  3. Theft of Mail and
  4. Possession of a Counterfeit Mark.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact D/Cst. Derek DiFelice of the Regional Fraud Unit at 905 825-4747 ext. 8739 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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