Four men arrested, possible fraud factory dismantled after Burnaby RCMP investigation

Burnaby

2023-05-11 15:01 PDT

File # 2023-8672

Burnaby RCMP’s Prolific Offender Suppression Team (POST) has arrested four men and recovered over $300,000 worth of stolen and fraudulently obtained items, which are believed to be tied to a potential large-scale fraud operation.

On March 3, 2023, two industrial printers capable of printing driver’s licences, bank drafts, credit cards and other identification documents were fraudulently purchased from a business in Burnaby. The printers were valued at approximately $97,000.

On March 14, two excavators and a generator were fraudulently purchased from a different business in Burnaby using a forged bank draft. These items were valued at more than $215,000.

On April 26, Burnaby RCMP’s POST executed a search warrant at a property in the 17600-block of Kennedy Road in Pitt Meadows. During the search police located two excavators, two industrial printers and various indicators that the location was an organized fraud factory.

Along with the excavators and industrial printers, hundreds of items were seized, including, numerous printers, hard drives, network storage, laser engravers, a VIN plate stamping machine and modifying tools, hundreds of fraudulent identification cards and blank identification cards, blank bank draft paper a handgun and ammunition.

Large yellow Excavator inside a very large shed  Small excavator in front of a tree outdoors A shelf with a black handgun, a magazine and several boxes of miscellaneous items

Police are investigating several offences, including:

Four men were arrested at scene, but have since been released. The investigation is on going.

Identity theft and fraud are serious criminal offences that can have a significant impact on the lives of victims and the viability of businesses, said Inspector Matt Toews, Burnaby RCMP’s Investigative Services Officer. The discovery and seizure of this potential fraud factory will put a sizable dent in the criminal activity of this group.

Released by

Cpl. Michael Kalanj
Media Relations Officer
Burnaby RCMP
6355 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5G 2J2
Office: 604-646-9566
Fax: 604-646-9704

Email: burnaby_rcmp_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
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