Money Laundering Fraud Scam
Belleville Ontario - In February 2014, the Belleville Police Service began a 21 month investigation into an internet scam involving a company that advertised to arrange for a cat to be delivered or jobs in the Alberta oil sands; for administrative fees. The original Belleville resident reported the company agreed to ship a cat when the money was received on their end. Unsuspecting victims were lead to believe their money was being processed though Western Union or MoneyGram to a legitimate business known only as Starway Transportation.
Police learned a group of people from the Bracebridge and Granvenhurst Ontario area were behind the scam which has reported victims through Canada, the United States and Europe.
On November 6th 2014, Belleville Police Service with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police executed search warrants and arrests warrants on residences in the area Bracebridge Ontario.
Arrested and charged with one count of Fraud over $5000 and one count of Money Laundering Proceeds of Crime are:
46 year old female Cheryl Berry of Granvenhurst Ontario
52 year old female Joan Sellens of Bracebridge Ontairo
47 year old male Karl Wayne Berry of Bracebridge Ontario
The investigation revealed the trio is responsible for defrauded people of approximately $150, 000 over 24 months
They are to appear for their bail hearings on November 7th 2014 in Belleville Court.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Detective Constable Tim Foster (613)966-0882 Ext 2309.