Woman arrested in romance scam,
Aleth Duell, 69
Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Unit: Financial Crimes Unit
Case #: 2021-2172053
The Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit has made an arrest in a romance scam.
In September, 2021, a fraud investigation commenced regarding a romance scam involving a person residing in British Colombia, who allegedly had money laundered in the Greater Toronto Area.
It is alleged that:
- a person posing as a man tricked women on internet dating sites and social media sites into a friendship or relationship
- once a relationship was developed, the man would request to borrow large sums of money with the promise of a full refund
- victims would send cash via wire transfers and e-transfers to a variety of bank accounts
- victims were asked to open separate bank accounts and provide the banking information to the man
The victims stories are described as:
- monetary gifts resulting in courier charges, border issues, government certificates required
- the man is working overseas or in the USA and has had his passport confiscated or requires travel expenses covered
- the man had a work-related accident which has resulted in large fees, border issues, medical bills or his money being detained until all fees are covered
- the monetary demands increased. If the victims were apprehensive to comply, they were threatened
- victims were promised a full refund when all the demands were met
- it is estimated people were defrauded of millions of dollars
On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, Aleth Duell, 69, of Toronto, was arrested. She is charged with:
1. Fraud Over $5000
2. Money Laundering
She appeared in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 2 p.m., via video link
The following business accounts are owned by Aleth Duell:
- Altomson International LLC
- Altombrand Global Services Inc
- Celestial Dance Workout Corp.
- Laperrie Consultant Services
- High Energy Hangout LLC
Investigators are concerned there are other victims residing in Ontario, British Colombia and Alberta.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7328, 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 or Google Play.
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Constable Edward Parks, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Kristin Thomas, Financial Crimes Unit