Winnipeg man arrested for opening fraudulent bank accounts

As a result of the keen observations of bank employees the Winnipeg Police Service Commercial Crime Unit was alerted to bank accounts that were being fraudulently obtained.

An investigation commenced which revealed that between December 17th and December 22nd, 2010, a 26 year old male was in possession of stolen identity information which included forged Drivers Licences and Social Insurance cards. This suspect male allegedly used this stolen identity information to open bank accounts at several banks within the City of Winnipeg.

On December 22nd, 2010 shortly before 3:00 p.m., Commercial Crime Unit Detectives located and arrested the 26 year old male as he exited a bank in south Winnipeg. Numerous forged pieces of identification were seized and included information from individuals from the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Winnipeg. At this time, it is still unknown how the identity information was stolen and/ or obtained.

Drame MAHAMADOU, 26 years of Winnipeg has been charged with the following:

– Utter Forged Document (X 4)
– Possession of Identity information (X 4)
– Personation (X 3)
– Possession of Counterfeit Mark (X 5)
– Fraud Under
– Public Mischief

MAHAMADOU has been detained at the Winnipeg Remand Centre.

This investigation is still ongoing and it is anticipated that more charges may be pending.

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