TONER FRAUD RING BUSTED IN MONTREAL

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TONER FRAUD RING BUSTED IN MONTREAL

 user 2007-10-15 at 10:11:00 am Views: 75
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    Alleged fraud ring busted in Montreal
    October 
    2007 MONTREAL – A total of more than 160 police officers from various
    forces executed search warrants on five Montreal-area locations Tuesday
    in connection with an alleged international telemarketing fraud ring
    that targeted small businesses.More than 100 arrests were expected at
    what RCMP Cpl. Elaine Lavergne described as the suspected headquarters
    of the ring downtown Montreal.Complaints were received from Canada, the
    U.S., Belgium, France, Switzerland and other European locations, said
    Diane L’Ecuyer, assistant deputy commissioner of the Competition
    Bureau.She said an investigation involving the Competition Bureau has
    been underway for more than one year and that initial complaints were
    received in 2004.

    The alleged ring sold first-aid kits, toner
    and ink supplies and directory listings at what L’Ecuyer described as
    “inflated prices.” She said that a first-aid kit valued at $40 was
    being sold for almost $500. Other supplies being sold included fax
    paper, ink, ribbons and toner, she said.The forces involved in the
    investigation include the RCMP, Surete du Quebec, Montreal police, the
    U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
    U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Lavergne said.In the early afternoon
    small groups of what appeared to be office workers were being escorted,
    some with hands bound with tie-wraps, onto three school buses.Some were
    carrying what appeared to be personal possessions. Some had coats on
    their heads masking their faces. They appeared to be a diverse group in
    age range.No charges have been laid yet, but charges are expected,
    Lavergne said. The basis for charges would be under anti-fraud
    provisions in the federal Criminal Code and under the federal
    Competition Act, Lavergne and L’Ecuyer said.