RCMP charge 32 in credit card fraud

Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:48pm EST
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said on Wednesday they charged 32 people with various counts of fraud after morning raids uncovered a network making false passports, credit cards and other documents.

The raids in Quebec and Ontario by at least 400 police officers saw 39 searches of businesses, residences, vehicles and even three daycare centers in Montreal.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement that five forgery labs were dismantled in the raids, and described a scam organized into two groups.

The first dealt in false credit cards, drivers' licenses, social insurance numbers, health insurance cards and permanent residence cards. The second specialized in the production and sale of counterfeit passports.

"Officers seized ... close to 500 false non-embossed credit cards, approximately 100 credit cards ready to be distributed and a series of stolen credit card numbers," police said.

(Reporting by Pav Jordan; editing by Rob Wilson)