Former bank employee Alicia Canlas charged for defrauding senior citizens, Toronto

At the beginning of January 2010, the Toronto Police Service started a fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

– the accused was an employee of a financial institution between March 1, 1994 and her retirement on August 30, 2007,

– from March 2002 until her retirement, the accused processed unauthorized withdrawals from 43 different accounts,

– the accounts consisted of Registered Income Funds (RIF), Life Income Funds (LIF) and Registered Savings Plans (RSP),

– the accused changed several clients’ mailing addresses to an anonymous location to prevent the victims from receiving withdrawal notifications and bank statements through the mail,

– the unauthorized withdrawals affected 31 senior-citizen clients from across Canada,

– the accused directed the funds into her own personal accounts and other accounts, totalling $205,849.96.

On Tuesday, February 8, 2011, Alicia Canlas, 59, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Fraud Over,
2) Laundering Proceeds of Crime.

The accused was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, room 507, at 2 p.m.

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