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More than 300 criminal charges laid in alleged identity theft ring

OAKVILLE, Ont. – Halton Regional Police dismantled an alleged identity theft ring earlier this week, laying more than 300 criminal charges.

Five people were arrested on Monday after search warrants were executed at homes in Milton, Mississauga, Brampton and Toronto.

Police said two high-tech identity labs were uncovered in Toronto and Mississauga that were being used to create counterfeit driver’s licences and credit cards.

Investigators also seized thumb drives and computer hard drives that contained forged cheques and images that could have potentially been used to make fake credit cards.

In an update, police said it is not clear where the accused obtained a “compromised digital template” to make the forged driver’s licences.

“It would be inaccurate to say the accused obtained this particular digital file directly from a Ministry of Transportation employee,” police said.

Police have identified 100 victims in the Greater Toronto Area – many of whom did not know that their information was stolen. Police believe there may be more victims.

Investigators also found nearly $68,000 in cash and $354,000 of counterfeit U.S. currency, likely produced in Nigeria.

Durham Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the United States Secret Service assisted in the investigation.

Christopher Corey Dewsbury, 31, of Milton; Jennifer Mary Bray, 24, of Milton and Bisola Akinware, 37, of Brampton face a combined 300 charges including possession of identity information, possession of counterfeit money and forgery.
 
Cynthia Marfo, 35, of Toronto is charged with two counts of possession of instruments of forgery, possession of identity information, and forgery.
 
Stella Owusu, 44, of Toronto, is charged with possession of counterfeit money.

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