GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A Grande Prairie man is facing a number of charges after a five-month-long investigation by the RCMP regarding money stolen from a business in Grande Prairie and Rycroft.
Last August, Mounties received allegations from Rona that money had been stolen. During their investigation, police learned that the same person was behind a theft of money complaint from Rycroft Building Supplies dating back to 2012.
25 year-old Ghislain Dugas is facing two counts each of Fraud over $5000 and Theft over $5000. Dugas will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on January 31st.
In a release, the RCMP said that anyone who suspects they have been victimized by fraud is advised to do the following:
- Report fraud to your local police agency.
- Notify your credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions.
- Review financial statements.
- Change your PIN numbers and passwords on all bank and internet accounts.
- Notify Canada Post and utility service providers.
- Contact Federal/Provincial Identification agencies (i.e.SIN, Healthcare, Driver’s License)
- Report to Canadian Anti-Fraud Center: http://www.phonebusters.com/english/home-eng.html
- Keep all communications and reference/file numbers.
- Review/notify credit bureaus: http://www.consumer.equifax.ca/home/en_ca http://www.transunion.ca/
The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 780-830-5700 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).