CALGARY – Police have arrested four people allegedly connected to an organized crime group involved in identity theft and the use of counterfeit credit cards.
Three suspects were taken into custody on Thursday, Oct. 22 after officers received a tip that they were attempting to rent a vehicle at the Calgary International Airport using a stolen credit card.
When searching the suspects, officers found forget credit cards, forged government-issued identification cards, altered cards containing stolen credit card data, stolen property and $1,063 in cash.
Two of the three suspects were charged.
Lawrence Culajara, 24, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of:
Possession of property obtained by crime,Possession of a forged credit card,Unlawfully possessing credit card data,Fraud under $5,000,Possession of identity documents, andMaking or affixing a counterfeit mark.
Culajara is schedule to appear in court on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Misty Nicole McMaster, 29, of Calgary, has been charged with:
Two counts of possessing a forged credit card,One count of unlawfully possessing credit card data, andTwo counts of fraud under $5,000.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015.
Following the arrests at the airport, a search warrant was executed at a home in the 300 block of Midlake Boulevard S.E. on Friday, Nov. 6.
Investigators seized a credit card embosser machine, numerous counterfeit, forged or modified credit cards, credit card data, 4.1 grams of crystal meth, a replica semi-automatic handgun and a stolen Chrysler 300.
Officers charged two additional suspects:
Vivencio Antonio, 30, of Calgary, has been charged with one count each of:
Possession of an instrument for forging credit cards,Unlawfully possessing of credit card data,Possession of a stolen credit card, andPossession of a controlled substance.
Stephanie Paul, 27, of Calgary, has been charged with:
Two counts of motor vehicle theft,One count of possession of an instrument for forging credit cards,One count of possession of credit card data,Two counts of possession of a stolen credit card,One count of possession of a controlled substance,Once count of fraud under $5,000, andBreach of a recognizance.
Investigators allege that all four people charged were working together to commit fraud.