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Arrest in $145,000 Fraud investigation,
Man, 38, faces 435 charges

Broadcast time: 15:20
Monday, March 6, 2017

54 Division

Case #: 2015-1201206

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a Fraud investigation.

It is alleged that:

- on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, an employer contacted police to report a fraud

- on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, the employer noticed several recent bookkeeping discrepancies

- upon detailed review, the employer noticed fraudulent cheques of varying amounts, between several dollars and $2,000, being cashed over a two-year period

- the fraudulent cheques were made payable and cashed by a former sub-contractor in the sum of approximately $145,000

- the financial institution was able to stop payment on five cheques

On Sunday, March 5, 2017, following a detailed investigation, the former sub-contractor, Murtazo Bahauddin, 38, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:

1) 140 counts of Fraud - Under ($5000)
2) five counts of Attempt Fraud - Under ($5000)
3) 145 counts of Use a Forged Document
4) 145 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 2 p.m., courtroom 505.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Jim Gotell, 54 Division