Identity Fraudsters Nabbed
On January 16, 2020, just shortly before noon, Hamilton Police Major Fraud Detectives executed a search warrant on the east mountain in the city of Hamilton putting a halt on two identity fraudsters and their fraudulent lifestyle.
Detectives began an identity theft investigation in July 2018. As a result, a search warrant at an east mountain residence was executed back in March 2019. Identification, payment cards and property were seized and charges laid. Further investigation from that seizure resulted in a second search warrant being executed at the same residence on January 16th, 2020. Additional property, identification, and banking information were seized. A 34-year-old female and 31-year-old male were arrested and have been charged with a number of identity theft and fraud related offences. To date there have been approximately 100 victims that have suffered financial loss and have had their personal credit rating affected because of this criminal activity.
Bobbi-Jo REICHHELD (Female, 34-years-old) Hamilton resident
- Fraud over $5000 X 2
- Fraud under $5000 X 15
- Identity theft X 24
- Identity fraud X 27
- Unauthorized possession of a credit card X 1
- Possession of property obtained by crime X 5
- 71 charges laid
Joshua VIRAG (Male, 31-years-old) No fixed address
- Fraud over $5000 X 1
- Fraud under $5000 X 1
- Identity theft X 17
- Identity fraud X 20
- Unauthorized possession of a credit card X 6
- Possession of counterfeit mark X 6
- Possession of property obtained by crime X 2
- Possess forged document X 12
- Fraudulent use of citizenship card X 1
- Fail to appear X 3
- Breach of recognizance X 1
- 70 charges laid
The public is reminded that if they learn their bank account or credit card account has been compromised, to call police and file a report.
If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with this investigation are asked to contact Detective Angela Abrams by calling 905-546-4603.
To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com