Between September 17th, 2010 and September 24th, 2010, an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in the St. Boniface area of the City of Winnipeg was tampered with.
As a result of an observant citizen using the Automated Teller Machine and noticing that the machine had been tampered with, the Winnipeg Police Service Commercial Crime Unit were notified and commenced into an investigation immediately.
Due to the efforts of the Commercial Crime Unit and as a result of the public’s assistance some useful information was obtained. This new information has resulted in the additional charges being laid against the suspect male had had originally been arrested in connection with this investigation.
On October 7th, 2010 charges have been laid against Kokulan KANAGARATNAM, 26 years of Scarborough, Ontario, in connection with 25 separate ATM overlay offences that had occurred in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary and Edmonton between June 30th, 2010 and August 21st, 2010.
As a result of the application of these ATM overlays approximately 300 debit cards were affected, and approximately 70 cards were successfully used with the estimated total losses being in excess of $94,000.00.
As a result of this continued investigation KANAGARATNAM has been charged with a total of 39 offences:
Possession of an instrument used to forge credit cards X 11
Possession of credit card data X 4
Possession of forged credit card X 4
Possession of identity information X 19
Fraud over $5000 X 1
KANAGARATNAM has been remanded back into custody.
This investigation is continuing by members of the Commercial Crime Unit and investigators are still attempting to determine the identity of a second male suspect that is wanted in relation to these incidents.