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Woman faces fraud charges,
Investigation into fraudulent bank accounts to claim Canada Emergency Response Benefit payments,
Karina Riel, 40

Broadcast time: 11:30
Friday, June 12, 2020

52 Division

Case #: 2020-1073746

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of an arrest in a fraud investigation.

It is alleged:

- a woman fraudulently attempted to open bank accounts with the intention to apply for Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

- the woman travelled to Toronto from Montreal for the sole purpose of fraudulently making CERB applications by opening up various bank accounts

- during the investigation officers seized counterfeit identification from the woman

On Thursday, June 11, 2020, officers from 52 Division arrested Karina Riel, 40, of Montreal. She is charged with:

1. Fraud Under $5000
2. Utter Forged Document
3. Possession of Identity Document
4. Impersonation

She is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 10 a.m.

The investigation is currently ongoing.

The Toronto Police Service are reminding the public and financial institutions to be vigilant at all times, and to report all suspected fraudulent account openings to police.

To report a lead on suspected tax or benefit cheating in Canada please click here.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, 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 or Google Play.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Phillip Gayle, 52 Division