East Algoma OPP fraud investigation leads to two arrests & charges

A couple has been arrested and charged with fraud and other charges involving a pickup truck.

East Algoma OPP Constable Bev Gauthier says a common-law couple from Blind River purchased a used truck for over $40,000 from a car dealership in North York.

One of the accused was known as a bookkeeper to the victim and had access to the complainant’s personal information.

The couple needed a co-signer, so they forged the victim’s signature and the truck was delivered to Blind River.

After executing a search warrant in January, OPP seized a tablet, laptop and cell phone and police arrested a woman.

On Tuesday, police stopped a truck in Elliot Lake, seized the vehicle, and arrested the male driver.

The man and woman, both 43-years-old, have been charged with one count each of identity theft, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, forgery and two counts of fraud over $5,000.

They are both to appear in Blind River court in March.

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