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Man charged with fraud over $5,000

Cochrane man arrested for allegedly impersonating people at banks across Alberta.
Airdrie RCMP secured the area after human remains were found east of Airdrie on May 4.
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The RCMP’s Provincial Financial Crime Team, with support from the RCMP’s Federal Serious and Organized Crime and the Calgary Police Service, has charged a Cochrane resident for fraud-related offences.

After an extensive investigation, the Provincial Financial Crime Team was able to determine the identity of a suspicious individual who was impersonating banking clients at various branches across Alberta. Once identified, a warrant was issued for the individual’s arrest.

Cochrane resident Gregory Mackenzie Calder, 41, was arrested on July 8 and charged with identity fraud contrary to section 403(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (x10); fraud over $5,000 contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (x6); and fraud contrary to section 380(1)(b) of the Criminal Code (x4).

Calder was scheduled to appear in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court on July 13.

“Thanks to the collaborative investigative efforts of all involved, we were able to stop this individual from defrauding more money from Canadian banks and their clients,” said Sgt. John Lamming, Provincial Financial Crime Team.

The Provincial Financial Crime Team would like to thank the Wetaskiwin RCMP and Airdrie RCMP for their support throughout this complex investigation. The crime team is a specialized unit that investigates serious fraud across Alberta.

Howard May

About the Author: Howard May

Howard was a journalist with the Calgary Herald and with the Abbotsford Times in BC, where he won a BC/Yukon Community Newspaper Association award for best outdoor writing.
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