(London, ON – May 17, 2017) Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) London Financial Crime Unit, working in partnership with Canada Post Security and Investigation Services, have charged an individual with Fraud over $5K and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime.
The investigation began in July 2016 when Canada Post Security and Investigation Services alerted the RCMP that they suspected a sophisticated effort to abuse their product and services program. The investigation uncovered a single person who set up 48 separate fictitious businesses that enabled him to order Canada Post products. These products were rerouted to various postal boxes across southern Ontario where he posed as an employee of the fictitious business. Police allege that the fraud scheme operated from April 2013 until August 2016 when Canada Post suspected the losses were the result of one person and acted to stop the fraud. Police estimate the total fraud to exceed $200,000 to Canada Post Corporation alone.
Police have charged Allan Joseph FISCHER (54) of London with:
- Defraud the Public over $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code
- Possession of the Proceeds of Crime over $5000, contrary to the Criminal Code
Mr. Fischer is scheduled to appear on June 27th, 2017, Courtroom 5, 9:30 am at the London Courthouse, 80 Dundas Street, London.
"The RCMP is committed to maintaining the economic integrity of Canadian institutions and Crown Corporations. This investigation highlights the losses a single person can cause and the value of strategic partnerships in detecting, investigating and disrupting cyber frauds." Insp Joe Czenze, Officer in Charge, London Detachment.