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Fraud suspect nabbed trying to buy laptop

A man is facing multiple fraud charges after attempting to apply for a credit card at an Oshawa Staples.

On Friday, May 26, 2017, at approximately 3 p.m., police were called to the Staples store on Gibb Street in Oshawa. A man had come into the store and applied for a Staples credit card, with the intent of purchasing laptop computers. According to a release from DRPS, while processing his application, an employee noted some discrepancies and called the bank issuing the credit. The bank was able to determine the employee’s suspicions were correct and the man was using counterfeit identification to apply for the credit.

When police arrived on scene, the suspect fled on foot, but was arrested a short distance away.

A 29-year-old male of York Mills Road in Toronto, has been charged with fraud over $5,000; uttering a forged document, possession of ID information for fraud purposes; unlawful possession of an identity document; two counts of unlawful possession of a counterfeit mark, fraudulent use of certificate of citizenship; fraudulent possession of a credit card; identity fraud and failure to comply with probation.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Jaciuk of the Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5364.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.