Karla Renata Mcrae and Zahid Azmathullah charged with credit card fraud in Winnipeg

On December 9th, 2010, members of the Winnipeg Police Service Commercial Crime Unit entered into an investigation involving the theft of credit and or debit card data.

Payment card crimes are an ever increasing form of fraud. One form of payment card crime is the placing of a device or several devices called an overlay on an automated teller machine (ATM) for the purpose of capturing a victims debit or credit card data.

On December 9th, 2010, two suspects allegedly attended to an ATM in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg for the purpose of installing overlay equipment. Members of the Winnipeg Police Service were initially notified by a member of the public as a result of the suspicious activity observed.

Members of the Commercial Crime Unit attended to the area and initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle and occupants believed to be involved. Officers identified two suspects and located numerous items within the vehicle which included: overlay equipment, tools, cameras, cards readers, computer and various debit cards.

Karla Renata MCRAE, 31 years and Zahid AZMATHULLAH, 34 years both of Ontario, have been charged with the following offences:

MCRAE: Fraud Under $5000.00, Instrument for the use in forging credit cards.

AZMATHULLAH: Possess credit card data, Instrument for use in forging credit cards x 2, Breach Probation x 3.

They have been detained at the Provincial Remand Centre.

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