Brampton woman faces charges in airline ticket scam, Vaughan man also charged


Published January 26, 2023 at 12:21 pm

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Gbemisola Akinrinade, left, and Adebowale Adiatu face charges in an airline ticket scam. Peel Regional Police handout

A Brampton woman and a Vaughan man face charges in an airline ticket scam.

Between June 2021 and December 2021, two people allegedly misrepresented themselves as working for travel agencies based out of the United Kingdom to obtain access to a secure online booking portal belonging to a major European airline, Peel Regional Police said in a press release today (Jan. 26).

Police say two people fraudulently sold valid flight tickets to unsuspecting customers and collected the payments to benefit themselves financially.

More than 250 airline tickets were fraudulently issued and sold at a value of more than $500,000. The majority of the customers who purchased the tickets were from the Calgary area and the flights were primarily to Africa.

Peel Regional Police 21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau in collaboration with the Fraud Bureau charged a man from Vaughan and issued a warrant for a woman from Brampton.

Adebowale Adiatu, 32, from Vaughan, faces the following charges:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

Gbemisola Akinrinade, 44, from Brampton faces the following charges:

  • Obtain by false pretense
  • Unlawful use of a computer
  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Possession of property obtained by crime
  • Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
  • Fraud under $5,000

Peel police say in many fraud related cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster. Police urge individuals to properly source the website they are dealing with and verify legitimacy.

Anyone who recognizes or has information about this type of case is asked to contact the 21 Division C.I.B or Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 2133 or 3335 or to your local Police Service.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting

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