Investigators believe there may be more victims after a man was alleged to have been producing fake IDs using stolen mail.
Officers started an investigation into frauds allegedly committed at various Money Mart locations across the city.
It is alleged that a man had been utilizing stolen mail to gather the identities of people and creating fake IDs using his own photo. The man is then accused of opening accounts at Money Mart locations and cashing stolen and fake cheques.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
On Friday, January 15, Gideon Jericho Garcia, 45, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1) Fraud Over $5000
2) 13 counts of Identity Theft
3) 11 counts of Personation
4) 11 counts of Utter Forged Documents
5) Possession of Counterfeit Mark
6) Possession of an Identity Document
7) Possession of Instruments Used to Commit Fraud
It is further alleged that a search warrant was executed on his home where police found equipment necessary to create the fake documents.
Police offer the following tips in relation to these types of identity thefts:
1) Be vigilant with your mail. Open mailboxes are targeted in these types of frauds
2) Check your mail regularly and, if possible, utilize a lock on your open mailbox
3) Ensure the mail is being placed properly through the mail slots and empty your mail slots to avoid overcrowded boxes
4) Be mindful of when your driver’s licence renewals, government cheques and personal documents are being delivered
5) Be mindful of any mail welcoming you as a new customer at ANY financial busines (Money Mart, Cash For You, etc.)