$500,000 in losses from alleged
Cargo re-direction scheme,
Jerahmeil Selvyn Wilson, 32, of Toronto Arrested,
Investigators appeal for information from the public
Broadcast time: 10:40
Monday, October 29, 2018
Case #: 2018-1782573
During August 2018, the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit commenced an investigation dubbed Project Groundhog.
It is alleged that:
- a man is responsible for conducting a cargo re-direction scheme
- commercial shipping accounts were taken over, allowing the man to re-direct shipments away from their intended destinations
- shipments of gold, jewellery, and electronics were re-directed to addresses controlled by the man or to the shipper's warehouse for pickup by a co-conspirator who would impersonate the intended cargo recipient
It is further alleged that:
- the man conducted an identity theft scheme, applying for and obtaining credit cards using the identity particulars of innocent victims
- credit cards were ordered to the victim's address, and then re-directed by the man to addresses controlled by him
The current losses incurred at this time from both schemes exceed $500,000.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Toronto Police Service-Financial Crimes officers assisted by RCMP-IMET executed Criminal Code Search Warrants at a Yorkville condominium and an office location in the Finch Avenue West and Highway 400 area.
The following items were seized:
- stolen "Hublot" watch valued at $36,000
- twenty-five forged Canadian certificates of citizenship
- three forged Ontario drivers licences
- four forged social insurance number cards
- thirty-eight credit cards obtained via identity theft
- twenty-six pages of identity information
- $2,365 cash CDN
- $1,000 in recently purchased prepaid credit cards
- multiple phones, electronics, and documentation
On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Jerahmeil Selvyn Wilson, 32, of Toronto was arrested.
1. Personation with Intent
2. five counts of Theft Over $5,000
3. Possess Forged Documents
4. Possess Identity Information
5. Possess Credit Card Obtained by Crime
6. Possess Proceeds of Crime
7. Possess Property Obtained by Crime
8. Possess identification Documents
9. four counts of Fail to Comply Recognizance
10. Conditional Sentence Order Breach
He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 10 a.m., in room 111.
He is believed to have utilized multiple aliases, including that of "Jason Stanley". He is also alleged to have utilized third parties to assist him in various aspects of his offences. He has acquired multiple rental lockers to store stolen property. The lockers may include, but are not limited to those owned/operated by various "Public Storage" franchises across the GTA.
It is alleged that Wilson has rented the lockers, assisted by the same third parties utilizing the following aliases:
- Bryan Gaensler
- Martin Marshall
- Edward Hall
- Paul Brown
- Vernon Neil
- Ian Russell
- Tim Lillak
- Burdell Coatham
- David Bell
- Jonathan Wiseman
- Nicole Lapkin
- Alexis Patterson
- Jenny Koniuk
- Marcus Feltrin
- Leslie Brown (male)
- Kevin Waters
- Kenneth Bond
- Allison Smith
- Robert Levy
- Louis Kaplan
- Wayne Fair
- Daniel Richard
- Bruce Dawson
- David Jackson
- Trent Rusland
- David Periera
- Brian Bennett
- Fredrick Smith
Financial Crimes investigators are seeking the assistance of public in identifying the suspected storage locations and the actual identities of the people depicted in forged documentation seized during the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Kevin Williams at 416-808-7306, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, 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 Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Ian Nichol, Organized Crime Enforcement-Financial Crimes Unit