Leduc, Alberta – Leduc RCMP Crime Reduction unit lay charges following investigation into fraudulent purchase of an SUV in Leduc.
On Jan. 4, 2023, Leduc RCMP received a report that two males purchased an SUV at a local dealership using a fraudulent bank draft. Police learned the vehicle was then resold in Edmonton, Alta.
Following further investigation, Leduc RCMP Crime Reduction Unit with the assistance of the Leduc RCMP General Investigation Unit and Drug Unit, identified two suspects and executed a search warrant at a residence in Edmonton, on Feb. 2, 2023.
A search of the residence resulted in the seizure of the following:
Fraudulent bank drafts
Stolen identity documents
Fraudulent identity documents
63.8 grams of methamphetamine
328 rounds of 9mm ammunition
243 rounds of shot gun ammunition
Numerous documents related to fraud
Bill of sale for the SUV
Michel Terrence Lalande (36), a residence of Edmonton and Justin Robert Paul (40), a resident of Whitecourt, Alta., have been charged in relation to this investigation.
Michel Terrence Lalande was charged with the following:
Fraud over $5,000 (x2)
Possession of identity documents
Unsafe store of a firearm
Possession of a weapon contrary to order
Utter forged document (x2)
Possession of a controlled substance – Methamphetamine
At the time of his arrest, Lalande was also bound by a lifetime firearm prohibition.
Following a judicial hearing, Lalande was remanded in custody. He is scheduled to appear in Leduc provincial court on March 2, 2023.
Justin Robert Paul was charged with the following:
Fraud over $5,000
Utter forged document
Paul was not located and a warrant for his arrest has been obtained. Leduc RCMP’s efforts to locate Paul have been unsuccessful and they are seeking public assistance.
Paul is described as:
Leduc RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance for any information on the whereabouts of Justin Robert Paul. Please contact Leduc RCMP at 780-980-7200 or 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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