Oshawa man accused of identity theft and multiple fraud
DURHAM – An Oshawa man is facing multiple fraud charges after allegedly stealing the identity of a Kitchener man from Ontario and using it for the past 19 years to apply for credit cards, a disability pension and a driver’s license.
The suspect Gilbert Landry, 52, of Simcoe Street South in Oshawa was arrested on Wednesday September 14, while withdrawing mail at Canada Post mailboxes inside a pharmacy on King Street West in Oshawa.
The Kitchener man, now 42 years of age, had his wallet stolen at an Ajax gym in 1990. Two years later, the suspect used the stolen identity to apply for a disability pension in Oshawa.
Cops arrested and charged him for this offence in 1993.
Puzzling questions began arising when in December 2009, the Kitchener man was contacted by credit card companies regarding an alleged change of address he hadn’t made. Then in June 2011, a bank called him about a credit card for which he had not applied.
Landry was arrested and charged with alleged identity theft,false impersonation and credit card fraud following a lengthy investigation by the Durham major crime fraud unit and the Waterloo police.
He is currently in custody for a bail hearing.
Investigators believe there may be other victims of identity theft. Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Det. Janet Galipeau of the Major Crime Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5321.
Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.