Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:40 PM
Fraud Squad
416-808-7300

The Toronto Strategic Partnership, with the assistance of Canada Post Security and Investigation Services and York Region Central Fraud Unit, charged a man on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, for allegedly operating a lottery scam/employment scam targeting U.S. citizens.

The Toronto Strategic Partnership is a multi-law-enforcement agency response to the ever-increasing cross-border Mass Fraudulent Marketing Schemes. The partnership consists of, the Competition Bureau of Canada, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Toronto Police Service Fraud Mass Marketing Unit, Ontario Provincial Police Anti-Rackets, Phonebusters, RCMP-GTA Commercial Crime Section, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Postal Service, and the U.K. Office of Fair Trading, working out of Toronto Police Service Headquarters at 40 College Street.

It is alleged that:
- the accused contacted citizens in the United States by mail, advising them that they had either won a lottery or been chosen to work as a “secret shopper,”
- in both scams, a counterfeit cheque was attached and the victims instructed to deposit the cheque and wire the money.

It is estimated that the potential loss to U.S. citizens is in the millions of dollars.

Emmanuel Obiefuna, 37, of Woodbridge, was charged with:

1- Fraud Over $5000,
2- Defraud the Public Over $5000,
3- Uttering Forged Document and Using Mails to Defraud.

It is anticipated that further Criminal Code and Competition Act charges will be laid.

The accused is scheduled to appear at Newmarket Court on Wednesday, November 14, 2007.

For further information on this investigation, please contact Detective Al Spratt or Detective Sergeant Cathy Kehoe, Fraud Squad, at 416-808-7324.