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Six charged for fleecing elderly Canadian woman of CAD$70,000

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Financial crimes investigators have charged six people who allegedly fleeced an elderly Canadian woman of more than $70,000 Canadian dollars in a lottery scam racket.

A police statement said investigators attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) and the Financial Investigations Division (FID) took the six people into custody on Tuesday following a series of operations in the Corporate Area.

They are to appear before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrates Court next week.

The police say the accused people’s identities are being withheld to facilitate further investigations.

Five of those in custody have been charged with allegedly engaging in a transaction involving criminal property, conspiracy to defraud and obtaining money by false pretence.

The sixth person has been charged with breaches of the Intellectual Property Act.

The police say C-TOC and FID investigators, with the assistance of international partners, carried out investigations into an incident whereby the elderly woman was reportedly defrauded by a group of persons involved in the illicit lottery scam.

On Tuesday, the suspects were nabbed and several items critical to the probe including computers and documents, were reportedly seized from their homes.

Head of C-TOC, Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis is seeking to assure the public that his team is determined to detect and prosecute individuals that commit fraud.