Peel police charge man with fraud

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A man is facing charges for allegedly defrauding Brampton and Mississauga businesses through the use of unauthorized point of sale machines.

Peel police announced that 48-year-old Innisfil man Syed Jafry was arrested and charged with defrauding the public on July 7, 2020. Police say that at that time, “victims became aware of a large number of unauthorized withdrawals being diverted to a numbered company” associated with the accused and contacted Peel police.

Police allege that between March 2015 and January of 2020, the accused defrauded businesses throughout the Greater Toronto Area by installing unauthorized point of sale machines. According to police, the accused receives access to the victim's business banking information during the installation and “conducts unauthorized withdrawals for his own personal benefit.”

To date, the total amount defrauded from victims is approximately $151,000, according to police. 

On Dec. 10, 2020, the accused was arrested again and charged with fraud over $5,000. He was released with conditions and will appear in court on Feb. 22, 2021. 

Police believe there may be more victims and are urging anyone who believes they were targeted to contact their local police service. 

Anyone with information can contact fraud investigators at 905-453-2121 ext. 3335. 

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