Several Brampton men facing charges after six-week investigation by Peel police

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Published June 28, 2021 at 7:38 pm

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Peel Regional Police have charged 16 people with more than 140 offences after a six-week investigation involving mail fraud.

Among the charges being faced are mail theft, fraud over $5000, identity theft, uttering a forged document, possession of stolen property and possession of controlled substances.

As investigators scrutinized more than 100 reports of mail thefts and incidents of mischief in the Region of Peel between January and April this year, they discovered links to numerous parties residing in Brampton. In May, investigators began collaborating with their partners at Canada Post, Halton Regional Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police and numerous financial institutions.

Police learned that the accused parties would allegedly steal mail by breaking into Canada Post mailboxes or individual roadside residential mailboxes, targeting cheques, credit cards and identification documents. They would then allegedly alter and deposit the stolen cheques into various banks before withdrawing the funds fraudulently.

Investigators began arresting the accused parties in mid-May. On Wednesday, June 16 and 17, 2021, two search warrants were conducted at residences in Brampton, where officers located hundreds of pieces of mail, stolen/altered cheques, printers, scanners, and other tools used to forge documents. Throughout the six weeks, investigators also located six stolen vehicles used by suspects involved in mail thefts.

The following men are facing a variety of offences:

  • Gurdeep Bains, 46, Brampton;
  • Hartinder Randhawa, 37, Brampton;
  • Taranjeet Virk, 37, Woodbridge;
  • Harmeet Khakh, 28, Brampton;
  • Gurdip Singh, 28, Brampton;
  • Harjinder Singh, 31, Brampton;
  • Gurkamal Mehmi, 38, Brampton;
  • Gurvinder Kang, 38, Brampton;
  • Hartinder Randhawa, 37, Brampton;
  • Gurpreet Singh, 21, Brampton;
  • Varinder Kooner, 43, Brampton;
  • Gurvinder Kang, 38, Brampton;
  • Suhail Kumar, 21, Brampton;
  • Rattan Preetam, 26, Brampton;
  • Rupinder Sharma 25, Brampton;
  • Joga Singh 30, Toronto;
  • Hartinder Randhawa, 37, Brampton;
  • Varinderpal Kooner, 43, Brampton;
  • Harman Singh 21, Brampton.

Further arrests and charges are anticipated in relation to this investigation, according to police.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the 21 Division criminal investigation bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 2133.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting the website.

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