Charges laid after police seize forged docs

Six people face fraud-related charges after police searched a home andfound hundreds of forged and altered documents that included fakegovernment cheques, credit cards and firearms acquisition certificates.

Six people face fraud-related charges after police searched a home and found hundreds of forged and altered documents that included fake government cheques, credit cards and firearms acquisition certificates.

RCMP say they also seized mortgage documents, corporate picture ID, loyalty cards and driver’s licences, as well as computer hard drives and software set up to manufacture fake $20 bills.

“This is a significant seizure,” said Cpl. Julie MacFarlane-Smith.

The raid took place Friday on an Edmonton home after police moved on information gleaned from an earlier search on the Paul Band reserve west of the city, said Const. Barb Roy.

“One of the males, on entry, was actually manufacturing a forged firearms acquisition certificate at the time that he was arrested,” she alleged.

Although police didn’t find any immediate links to organized crime, that aspect will form part of the investigation, she said.

Roy suggested that the alleged forgers had likely compromised hundreds of identities, although she wasn’t able to put a value on the documents seized.

A digital camera with hundreds of portraits stored inside was also taken from the home. Police said the residence held a small photo studio with a backdrop that mimicked those used for Alberta driver’s licences.

Police will get in touch with the real owners of the cards and documents and inform them their identities may have been compromised, said MacFarlane-Smith.

Three men and three women are charged with possession of stolen property, forging or falsifying credit card information, and possession of forgery equipment.

The accused, all from Edmonton, are to appear in provincial court July 12.

 
 
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