January 17, 2007 by Canadian Underwriter
The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) uncovered a massive fraud ring that involved forged ICBC documents, fake driver’s licenses and counterfeit credit cards.
Financial crime investigators discovered a counterfeit credit card factory when they executed a search warrant in an upscale Coquitlam home, says a VPD news release.
Inside the home officers seized 1,400 counterfeit credit cards, counterfeit ICBC documents for interim driver licenses, 13 postal keys, postal locks, a large quantity of mail containing Revenue Canada documents and more than Cdn$24,000 in cash, according to a statement from the VPD.
Police had received a tip from ICBC investigators that counterfeited or stolen interim driver licenses were being used, reported the Vancouver Sun.
Large quantities of stolen mail were also found, including Revenue Canada documents that contained social insurance numbers enabling the suspects to engage in identity theft, according to the Sun.
Detective Constable Grant Campbell said in a statement that the “group is extremely organized and tied to organized crime.”
He compared this investigation to “cutting off one leg of an octopus.”
The possible charges pending are fraud, possession of postal keys, possession of credit card data and instruments, along with break and enter, possession of stolen property and theft.