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Canada-wide warrants issued for two charged in fraudulent credit card scam
Nidhi Nitnaware, 34, and Vivek Shailesh Parekh, 32, are wanted on Canada-wide warrants for violating conditions of their release. Supplied.
Published Friday, March 17, 2017 1:32PM MDT
Edmonton police have issued Canada wide warrants for two individuals who were arrested earlier in March as part of a credit card scam, and then violated conditions of their release.
Police said in October 2016, officers with the EPS Downtown Division received a tip from police in Ontario that two suspects in a large-scale fraud investigation were believed to have connections to Edmonton. Through the investigation, police confirmed two suspects lived in Edmonton, and had connections to other fraud cases.
Police executed search warrants on two homes and a car on March 5 and 6, and seized more than $20,000 worth of tablets and accessories, more than 10,000 credit card applications, identity documents in the process of being altered, and evidence of seven mailboxes around Alberta used in the commission of those crimes.
As a result, Vivek Shailesh Parekh, 32, and Nidhi Nitnaware, 34, were arrested and charged.
Parekh is facing charges of theft over $5,000, two counts of obtaining or possessing identity information, making identity documents, possessing a forged or falsified credit card, fraud over $5,000, eight counts of personation to gain advantage, three counts of disguise, a charge of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and four counts of breach of recognizance.
Nitnaware is facing charges of fraud over $5,000, possession of identity information, possession of a forged of falsified credit card, three counts of personation to gain advantage and four counts of breach of recognizance.
Police said the two had been employed legitimately to sell credit cards.
“There was no way that citizens could have known this was connected to fraudulent activity,” Staff Sgt. Brad Pearce said. “We’re reminding everyone to check their accounts regularly and report suspicious activity to your financial institution.”
The warrants were issued for their arrests because the two violated release conditions on March 12, when they boarded a plane in Vancouver that was destined for London, England.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to call the Edmonton Police Service non-emergency line at 780-423-4567 or #377 on a mobile phone.
Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).