Region of Peel, Ontario – Investigators from the Peel Regional Police 21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau in collaboration with the Fraud Bureau have arrested and charged a man from Vaughan and issued a warrant for a woman from Brampton concerning an Airline Ticket Scam across the GTA.
Between June 2021 and December 2021, two suspects allegedly misrepresented themselves as working for travel agencies based out of the United Kingdom to obtain access to a secure online booking portal belonging to a major European airline. It is alleged that these two individuals fraudulently sold valid flight tickets to unsuspecting customers and collected the payments to benefit themselves financially.
Over 250 airline tickets were fraudulently issued and sold at a value of more than $500,000. The majority of the customers who purchased the tickets were from the Calgary area and the flights were primarily to Africa.
On Monday, January 23, 2023, Adebowale Adiatu, a 32-year-old man from Vaughan was arrested and charged with:
Count 1: Fraud Over $5000
Count 2: Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Count 3: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
An arrest warrant has been issued for Gbemisola Akinrinade, a 44-year-old woman from Brampton for the following charges:
Count 1: Obtain by False Pretense
Count 2: Unlawful Use of a Computer
Count 3: Fraud Over $5000
Count 4: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
Count 5: Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
Count 6: Fraud Under $5000
Peel Regional Police is dedicated to the protection of individuals and groups in our community. In many fraud related cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster. Police urge individuals to properly source the website they are dealing with and verify legitimacy.
Anyone who recognizes or has information about his type of case is asked to contact the 21 Division C.I.B or Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 2133 or 3335 or to your local Police Service. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.
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