Two women from Ontario face numerous fraud related charges in Grandparents Scam

Winnipeg, Manitoba – On July 28, 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a public advisory in response to an increase in “grandparent scams” targeting the elderly.

The Financial Crimes Unit continued its investigation and identified two female suspects believed to be involved. On July 29, assisted by officers of the East District Community Support Unit, investigators arrested both suspects in the 1100 block of Sommerville Avenue without incident.

Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Somerville Avenue and located evicence linking the suspects of the offences. During ten days, the suspects defrauded nine seniors for approximately $100,000.

Vanessa Fatima ALVES DASILVA, 18, of North York, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:

– Fraud Over $5,000 x 6

– Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence

– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

– Forgery

– Use a Forged Document

Scammers Calling
(File Photo) Scammers Calling

Gabriella Edith Marie PARADIS, 25, of Walpole Island, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:

– Fraud Over $5,000 x 2

– Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence

– Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

The victims and the suspects were not previously known to one another.

The Financial Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation.

“Grandparent Scam” – Arrests: C22-161861

Winnipeg Police Service

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