Windsor Police have one female in custody facing fraud related charges after an attempt was made to cash several fraudulent cheques in the City of Windsor on Tuesday evening. On Tuesday August 17, 2010, uniformed officers responded to a report of a "Fraud in Progress" at the Money Mart in the 1500 block of Huron Church Rd. Prior to police arrival, it was learned that the lone female suspect had fled the location when Money Mart Employees became suspicious of the suspect’s actions. She left behind a forged Government of Canada cheque and several forged Government Identification documents. It was learned that the same suspect had immediately attended a second Money Mart location in the 2300 block of Howard Ave and was attempting to cash another fraudulent cheque. Officers arrived shortly thereafter and arrested the female suspect. At the time of her arrest, the suspect was in possession of a second set of forged Government identification.
The investigation led officers to a motel in the 2700 block of Howard Ave where it was learned that the suspect and two male accomplices had rented two rooms. Information was received that the two male accomplices had fled the area of the motel prior to Police arrival. A search of the room on August 18, 2010 uncovered a fully operational counterfeit document manufacturing operation. Officers found electronic equipment and other items used to manufacture counterfeit photo identification and cheques. Officers also seized numerous counterfeit SIN cards, stolen Government of Canada cheques and forged Canadian Citizenship documents.
Godelive MUTAMBA-MWEMBO – 54 years – female of Montreal, Que. is in custody and charged with six counts of Uttering a Forged Document and four counts of Illegally Possessing Government Documents. She has also been charged by The Canada Border Services Agency with one count of Possessing an Altered Document of Canadian Origin contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Two unidentified male suspects believed to be accomplices of the accused female are also being sought in connection with the scheme.
The Windsor Police Service is working in conjunction with the Canada Border Services Agency, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Montreal Police Service as the investigation continues.