Friday, December 31, 2010

Joint Investigation Results in 33 Fraud Related Charges

LONDON, Ontario, December 31, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - A three month joint investigation by the London RCMP Commercial Crime Section and the London Police Service Fraud Section has resulted in the arrest of a London and St. Thomas area woman for 33 fraud related charges.

43 year old Shellie Lyn Cadogan-Drinkwalter has been charged with three counts of using a forged document, twenty-two counts of false pretences, one count of fraud over $5000, two counts of fraud under $5000, two counts of unauthorized use of credit card data, one count of obtaining credit by fraud, one count of identity theft and failure to comply with probation.

Police allege that Shellie Cadogan-Drinkwalter used forged documents and cheques written on a closed account to fraudulently obtain rental properties and vehicles. It is further alleged that she also fraudulently obtained credit cards through methods of identity theft.

"Public vigilance to report suspicious credit card transactions and safe guarding personal information assists the Police with these investigations. We urge the public to exercise good business practices when screening potential new tenants and conducting sales transactions involving high value items," stated Inspector Dwight Blok, Officer in Charge of the RCMP London Detachment.

The next court appearance is scheduled for January 11, 2011 at the London Courthouse.

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