A man, alleged to be responsible for a cargo re-direction scheme that resulted in losses exceeding $500,000, is facing several charges as police attempt to track down more stolen property.
Last August, the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit initiated the investigation dubbed Project Groundhog.
At a news conference at police headquarters on October 29, D/Sgt. Ian Nichol said commercial shipping accounts were taken over, allowing the male to redirect shipments away from their intended destinations.
“Shipments of gold, jewelry and electronics were redirected to addresses controlled by the suspect or to the shipper’s warehouse for pick-up by a co-conspirator who would impersonate the intended cargo recipient,” he said.
It’s further alleged that the man conducted an identity theft scheme, applying for and obtaining credit cards using the identity particulars of innocent victims.
“Credit cards were ordered to the victim’s address and then redirected by the man to addresses he controlled,” alleged Nichol.
On October 24, officers from the Financial Crimes Unit with assistance from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Integrated Market Enforcement Team executed search warrants at a Yorkville condominium and an office in the Finch Ave. W. and Highway 400 area.
A stolen Hublot watch valued at $36,000, 25 forged Canadian certificates of citizenship, three forged Ontario drivers licenses, four forged social insurance number cards, 38 credit cards obtained by identity theft, 26 pages of identity information, $2,365 in Canadian currency, $1,000 in recently purchased prepaid credit cards along with multiple phones, electronics and documentation were allegedly seized.
Jerahmeil Selvyn Wilson, 32, of Toronto, was arrested the same day.
He faces several charges, including:
- personation with intent
- five counts of theft over $5,000
- four counts of failing to comply recognizance and possession of forged documents
- proceeds of crime and identification documents
He is scheduled to make a court appearance on November 14.
Police believe the suspect has multiple aliases, including that of ‘Jason Stanley’.
“He is also alleged to have utilized third parties to assist him in various aspects of his offences,” added Nichols. “He has acquired multiple rental lockers to store stolen property. The lockers may include, but aren’t limited to those owned/operated by various “Public Storage” franchises across the GTA. “
It is alleged that Wilson rented the lockers, assisted by the same third parties, utilizing the following aliases:
- Bryan Gaensler
- Martin Marshall
- Edward Hall
- Paul Brown
- Vernon Neil
- Ian Russell
- Tim Lillak
- Burdell Coatham
- David Bell
- Jonathan Wiseman
- Nicole Lapkin
- Alexis Patterson
- Jenny Koniuk
- Marcus Feltrin
- Leslie Brown (male)
- Kevin Waters
- Kenneth Bond
- Allison Smith
- Robert Levy
- Louis Kaplan
- Wayne Fair
- Daniel Richard
- Bruce Dawson
- David Jackson
- Trent Rusland
- David Periera
- Brian Bennett
- Fredrick Smith.
Financial Crimes investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspected storage locations as well as the actual identities of persons depicted in forged documentation seized during the investigation. Nichol asked people in the storage industry to alert police if any of the names and faces used in the identifications in this case are associated to their storage rentals.
Persons with information are encouraged to contact D/Const. Kevin Wilson at (416) 808-7306 or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online (222tips.com), online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.