Grande Prairie, Alberta – On Dec. 11, 2020 Grande Prairie RCMP conducted an investigation into a fraudulent online transaction in which a subject used another person’s credit cards and identification documents to purchase items online.
Subsequent to the investigation on Dec. 14, 2020 Grande Prairie RCMP, with the assistance from Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit, and RCMP Police Dog Services, executed a search warrant at a residence in Grande Prairie. As a result, the following items were seized by police:
· Identification, debt/credit cards, social insurance numbers belonging to other individuals
· Laptops, scanners, ID lamination sheets, laminator, printer and photo paper believed to be used for creating documents
· Break in tools
· Forged cheques and identity documents
· Fraudulently purchased items, including the credit card and status card used
Austin Haynes (23) of Grande Prairie was arrested at the residence and has been charged with the following:
· Fraud less than $5000
· Use/traffic a forged document
· Illegal possession/trafficking in government documents
· Theft/forgery/misuse of credit card
· Make/sell/posses instrument’s for making a forged document
· Possess break-in instruments
· Possession of property obtained by crime less than $5000
· Identity fraud
· Identity theft
Haynes is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on Feb. 3, 2021.
Information provided to the police by residents plays a crucial role in identifying crime in our communities. The RCMP remains fully committed to building safe communities and enforcing laws to their fullest extent. If you have information about this incident or any other illegal activity, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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