Leduc RCMP Crime Reduction Unit lay charges in relation to fraudulent vehicle purchase

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.

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:

Loaded handgun

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

A 36-year-old individual, a resident of Edmonton, and a 40-year-old individual, a resident of Whitecourt, Alta., have been charged in relation to this investigation.

The 36-year-old individual was charged with the following:

Fraud over $5,000 (x2)

Possession of identity documents

Identity fraud

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, the 36-year-old individual was also bound by a lifetime firearm prohibition.

Following a judicial hearing, the 36-year-old individual was remanded in custody. He is scheduled to appear in Leduc provincial court on March 2, 2023.

The 40-year-old individual was charged with the following:

Fraud over $5,000

Utter forged document

The 40-year-old individual was not located and a warrant for his arrest has been obtained. Leduc RCMP’s efforts to locate the 40-year-old individual have been unsuccessful, and they are seeking public assistance.

The 40-year-old individual is described as:

5 feet 9 inches tall

130 pounds

Black hair

Brown eyes

Leduc RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance for any information on the whereabouts of the 40-year-old individual. 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.

Leduc RCMP

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