Mississauga Man Charged in Connection With Social Media Scam

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Charges have been laid in a serious social media scam where a fake account was set up advertising a way for people to make quick cash.

Toronto Police Service has arrested three people in connection with an ongoing fraud investigation called Project Wildflower.

Police say that “a social media account was set up, advertising a way to make quick money with pictures and videos of cash and bank cards.”

People were directed to provide their bank account and PIN details, told they needed an empty bank account to deposit money into, and told that they would receive $1,500, allege Toronto police.

“Cheques were deposited into various financial institution accounts and funds withdrawn from those accounts.”

Police say that as a result of search warrants executed on vehicles and in homes in both the Peel and Toronto area, fraudulent cheques, banking documents, bank cards, electronic equipment and clothing were seized.

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Orville Langley, 48, of Mississauga, was arrested and charged with:

  • Conspiracy to commit Indictable offence of Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000

He will appear in court on March 1.

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, Nia Bartolome, 30, of Brampton, was arrested and charged with:

  • Fraud over $5000
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000
  • False Pretence
  • Uttering a Forged document

She will appear in court on March 22.

On Wednesday, February 13, 2018, Kevin McIntosh, 36, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

  • Conspiracy to commit Indictable offence of Fraud over $5000
  • Fraud over $5000
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000
  • False Pretence
  • Uttering a Forged document

He will appear in court on March 23.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

According to police, this investigation has been ongoing since summer 2017.

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