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Jewel fraud bust nets charges

An Ottawa woman faces 15 charges after the Canada Border Services Agency, Ottawa police and the RCMP shut down a fraudulent jewelry business.

An Ottawa woman faces 15 charges after the Canada Border Services Agency, Ottawa police and the RCMP shut down a fraudulent jewelry business.

In February 2008, the CBSA intercepted a shipment from China with more than 100 pieces of undeclared jewelry. The CBSA officers later determined that shipments had entered Canada on several other occasions.

An investigation found that the suspect and a network of sales associates were selling the jewelry through parties at private residences, businesses, the Internet and local shopping mall kiosks.

A search of the suspect’s home revealed close to 3,000 pieces of fraudulent jewelry, sold under the brand name Tiffany and Co.

Debbie Craddock, 41, of Ottawa is charged with seven offences under the Criminal Code, three offences under the Copyright Act and five offences under the Customs Act related to smuggling, distribution and sale of fraudulent jewelry, as well as designer handbags.

Sean Craddock, 42, also faces two Criminal Code charges.

 
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