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Oshawa woman defrauds victims of thousands

An Oshawa woman is charged with defrauding members of the Filipino community of more than $200,000.

Between Oct. 1, 2017, and Oct. 10, 2018, the suspect convinced the victims that she was a representative of a program called the Government Express Entry Compensation Program. She told the victims that she could provide them with grants and expedite the immigration process to Canada for their loved ones currently living in the Philippines.

The victims were subsequently contacted via text message or email by alleged government officers and told to drop off money in a mailbox or address. They were then promised gifts and reimbursement for their fees but received none. It is believed this scheme targeted multiple victims that were defrauded of more than $200,000 in total.

Search warrants were executed on Oct. 18, at hotel rooms in Oshawa and Mississauga. Evidence and property believed to be proceeds of crime were recovered and the suspect was arrested.

A 28-year-old woman of Devon Avenue in Oshawa is charged with fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000 and unlawful possession of counterfeit money. She was held for a bail hearing.

The investigation is ongoing and victims that have not yet come forward are asked to contact the DRPS Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5232 or via email at fraud@drps.ca. Please mention the incident number 18-210186 as a reference.