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Woman arrested in romance scam,
Aleth Duell, 69

Broadcast time: 11:00
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Unit: Financial Crimes Unit
Phone: 416-808-7328
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, 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