Saturday, April 9, 2011

Fallsview Casino Targeted by Debit Card Skimming Team

OPP Charge 7 Individuals

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, April 8, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - On Thursday April 7, 2011, during the early afternoon hours, the Fallsview Casino was targeted by a group of credit and debit card fraudsters.

In a two hour period, 7 males visited numerous ATM machines within the casino and obtained significant quantities of cash from hundreds of compromised bank accounts.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Casino Enforcement Unit officers attached to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario observed and arrested members participating in this fraudulent scheme and have recovered over $15,000 in cash and hundreds of credit cards.

Investigators believe that this group of fraudsters was capable of defrauding Canadian banks and personal bank accounts of $250,000. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending.

Charged with Possession of Stolen Property are:

Gavin ANTON-REGINOLD, 21 years of Markham,
Nandakumar KANDIAH, 31 years of Cornwall
Jawad MASHUQUE, 21years of Toronto
Prasath PATKUNASINGAM, 24 years of Mississauga
Srimylan SRIVIGNESWARAN, 22 years of Scarborough
Ramanan THIRUNAVUKKARASU, 29 years of Mississauga
Vigithan VIGNESWARAN, 21 years of Toronto

The above males were all held in custody pending a bail hearing which was scheduled to take place today at the Ontario Court of Justice located in St. Catherine's.

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