Scammers rack up $ 8,000 bill on stolen credit card and checkbook

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Victim received an invoice from a credit card company showing an unusually high amount

Five people from North Bay all face criminal charges following a police investigation into the theft of someone’s credit card and checkbook.

Police said that in November 2017, the victim received an invoice from a credit card company showing an unusually high amount. The victim performed a home check and determined that multiple transactions had taken place and that a credit card and checkbook were missing.

“The information was provided to the North Bay Police Department,” said ConstableJohn Schultz. “An investigation like this can be long. The investigator completed several legal requests allowing the police to access the files as well as compile the video surveillance when it was available from local businesses.

As a result of the investigation, five people were identified as having carried out fraudulent financial transactions and having cost the victim more than $ 8,000.

Police arrested and charged:

Sheldon Chartrand, 22, is responsible for:

  • Fraud under $ 5,000;
  • Theft under $ 5,000; and
  • Pronunciation of a falsified document.

Marleigh The fields, 28, is responsible for:

  • Fraud under $ 5,000;
  • Theft under $ 5,000;
  • Pronunciation of a falsified document; and
  • Breach of probation.

Tanya Lamarche, 45, is charged:

  • Five counts of fraud under $ 5,000;
  • Three counts of theft under $ 5,000; and
  • Three counts of issuing a forged document.

Shirley Larochelle, 49, is charged:

  • Fraud under $ 5,000;
  • Theft under $ 5,000; and
  • Pronunciation of a falsified document.

Brett Renaud, 27, is accused of:

  • Four counts of fraud under $ 5,000;
  • Two counts of theft under $ 5,000; and
  • Three counts of issuing a forged document.

Detective Constable Vince Corrente, a fraud investigator with the North Bay Police Department, reminds businesses of the value of maintaining and updating CCTV equipment.

“Quality images help identify suspects, can facilitate arrests and have a huge impact in legal proceedings.”

He also advises people to go through their monthly credit card statements with care and attention.

“Report anything you think is suspicious about a credit card to your credit card issuer. You could be the victim of fraud ”, says Corrente.


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