On Friday July 22, 2011 members of the Durham Regional Police Major Fraud Unit – Organized Crime Section, arrested an Ajax man and executed a search warrant at his residence, as a result of their ongoing investigation. On Friday July 8, 2011, Sears store security at the Pickering Town Centre contacted police to report a lone male suspect conducting a suspicious retail transaction. The investigation revealed the male had used counterfeit identification to apply for a number of credit cards which were subsequently issued to him. It was determined the suspect had been making purchases on these cards for the last two years.
As a result of the search warrant, investigators seized a number of credit cards, counterfeit identification and thousands of dollars in gift cards. In addition to this, investigators discovered evidence the suspect was running a cheque fraud scheme. The accused posted online ads seeking people to work as accounts payable representatives for an online company. Victims across the United States responded to the ads and were sent forged cheques, through the mail, to deposit into their accounts, keeping a small percentage of the dollar value of the cheque and returning the remainder to the accused. The cheques eventually were determined to be fraudulent and therefore, worthless.
Charles BRAIMOH, age 41 of Wilsongary Circle in Ajax is charged with: Fraud Over $5000 x3, Possession of a Credit Card Obtained by Crime x3, Possession of Counterfeit Mark x2, Forgery, Knowingly Possess Identity Information for a Fraudulent Purpose, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000, Possession of Forged Document with Intent to Commit Offence, Unlawfully Deal with Device Adapted for Forgery x2 and Using Mail to Defraud. The accused was held for a bail hearing.