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Project Rocket has shot down a criminal network allegedly engaged in the fraudulent use of debit cards at Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) pass vending machines at subway stations across the city.
Det. Ian Nichol speaks to media beside seized equipment
The fifth accused was arrested hours later.
Police have identified 33-year-old Umasangar Ramasamy as the group’s ringleader. The other accused are 28-year-old Tenzin Delek, 26-year-old Tsering Choden, 24-year-old Tenzin Namsal and 23-year-old Jigme Lhundup, a bail surety for Ramasamy on previous charges he’s facing for similar fraudulent activities.
A day after the arrests, police executed a search warrant at a west-end home and seized 105 counterfeit debit cards, numerous stolen point-of-sale terminals, tools and electronics altered or intended for the specific use of compromising point-of-sale terminal credit card reader/writers and accompanying computers used to write skimmed card data to counterfeit debit cards.
Det. Ian Nichol said $180,000 in losses have been associated, so far, with the investigation.
“The specific amount associated with the group is however yet to be determined,” added the Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) investigator.
“The TTC did not suffer any financial losses. They, however, took it upon themselves to assist us because criminal activity was conducted on their property.”
The accused face myriad charges, ranging from fraudulent use of credit card data and possession of property obtained by crime to conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
FCU S/Insp. Bryce Evans said the arrests were as a result of private industry, corporations and the police working together by sharing their investigative knowledge and resources to focus on individuals who are involved in fraudulent criminal activity.
“It’s our belief that some of the arrested persons may have been involved in further debit card fraudulent activity in the province,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.
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