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Grande Prairie man charged after months-long fraud investigation

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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:

  1. Report fraud to your local police agency.
  2. Notify your credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions.
  3. Review financial statements.
  4. Change your PIN numbers and passwords on all bank and internet accounts.
  5. Notify Canada Post and utility service providers.
  6. Contact Federal/Provincial Identification agencies (i.e.SIN, Healthcare, Driver’s License)
  7. Report to Canadian Anti-Fraud Center: http://www.phonebusters.com/english/home-eng.html 
  8. Keep all communications and reference/file numbers.
  9. 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).

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