Edmonton, Alberta – With the holiday season quickly approaching, the EPS has received numerous complaints about counterfeit money.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, West Division received a complaint regarding counterfeit Canadian currency. During the investigation, police found many $100 bills with the same serial number.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 police conducted a search warrant in the area of Winterburn Road and West View Boulevard. Police found numerous identity documents, debit and a credit card reader, ID maker and counterfeit money. Two individuals were arrested on site.
A second search warrant was conducted in the area of 154 Street and 84 Avenue, where a third individual was arrested. Police seized scanners, printers, counterfeit bills and other supplies relating to counterfeiting at this location.
James Richards White, 31, was charged with possess counterfeit money, uttering counterfeit money (x4) counts, fraud (x4) and possess identity documents.
Amy Alana Actmishuk, 32, was charged with possess counterfeit money, breach of firearms prohibition, possess prohibited weapon, making counterfeit money, having instruments for counterfeit and breach of probation (x2).
Travis Kale Dergousoff, 28, was charged with making counterfeit money, uttering counterfeit money (x2), having instruments for counterfeit, and possess prohibited weapon.
Police continue to investigate and additional charges are pending.
“We believe there are still numerous counterfeit bills in circulation in the Edmonton area,” says Acting Staff Sgt. Scott Abbott with West Division. “If anyone comes across some suspicious money, they are asked to contact police.”
Visit the Bank of Canada website to learn more about counterfeit prevention.
Watch the episode of, This is Who I Am to learn more about the EPS Economic Crimes Section.
Police File MRU #:16R0126
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