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Technology Identity thief from Pierrefonds sent to prison for role in $600,000 fraud

08:00  11 october  2019
08:00  11 october  2019 Source:   montrealgazette.com

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When Sûreté du Québec police officers raided Nosa Edugie’s home after a two-year investigation into an identity theft ring, what they found inside left little question as to the extent of his involvement with the criminal network.

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When Sûreté du Québec police officers raided Nosa Edugie’s home after a two-year investigation into an identity theft ring, what they found inside left little question as to the extent of his involvement with the criminal network.

Officers seized 19 passport-size photographs of six people, documents bearing the “profiles” of nine victims  —  including their names, addresses and bank account numbers  —  and an array of forgery equipment: two laminators, a black light, an embosser, paper used for printing cheques and film to plasticize ID cards.

Edugie, a 55-year-old pizza delivery driver from Pierrefonds, was charged with identity theft and forgery. Police determined he was part of a 15-person network that committed a fraud of at least $600,000, probably with the help of “rogue” bank employees.

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In a judgment that warns of the increasing prevalence of identity theft, Edugie was sentenced last Friday to an eight-month prison term and a two-year probation period. He had pleaded guilty in June.

“Society has seen an explosive proliferation of identity theft beyond anything that could have been predicted,” Quebec Court Judge Dennis Galiatsatos wrote in his ruling. “It is a scourge that is so widespread that citizens have developed a sense of resignation, surrendering to the inevitability that it will happen to them.”

At the time of Edugie’s arrest in 2018 , the Sûreté du Québec had said the ring could be responsible for up to 5,000 stolen identities, 85 per cent of which were used for fraudulent means.

The network had developed a sophisticated scheme, including a “coordinated division of labour” among its members.

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“The stolen identity refund fraud crimes committed by these defendants are an affront to honest, hard-working taxpayers,” said Assistant Attorney General “The lengthy prison sentences handed down recently by this court, in this and other cases, show the high price that will be paid by identity thieves .”

At the sentencing hearing, the Government argued for a 7 year prison sentence based upon a variety of factors, including the fact that the defendant had been involved in five separate arrest events with state authorities over time, but had been undeterred from the activity. The Government also argued

Members would obtain people’s information to counterfeit new ID cards, cheques and pay stubs under the stolen identities. They would then verify with major banks whether the victims were clients or not.

If the person wasn’t a client, they would open accounts under their stolen identity and deposit counterfeit cheques in them. They would then withdraw money or make cash advances. The crimes took place between September 2016 and February 2017.

“Undeniably, the network’s grasp was far-reaching,” Galiatsatos wrote, adding that its ability to verify whether victims were clients at different banks suggests “rogue” employees were feeding them inside information.

“This is beyond unsettling,” the judge added.

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Edugie claims to have been manipulated by the ringleader, telling a probation officer this year he still isn’t sure how he ended up involved in the network. Before sentencing, his lawyer tried to position him as a lower-level participant and said he never made any money from the scheme.

But the items seized at his home, Galiatsatos ruled, showed Edugie was at least “more than a one-trick pony”: he was involved in producing both counterfeit cheques and ID cards.

And his claim that he doesn’t know how he became involved in the network, he added, was only an attempt to downplay his crimes.

“Both offences are objectively serious,” Galiatsatos wrote. “Victims of identity theft, aside from the financial losses they suffer, often experience distress, anxiety and feelings of violation. It is quite easy to imagine how insecure such an intrusion can make a person feel.”

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