A man and woman from Lethbridge are facing dozens of fraud charges relating to stolen mail and documents.
Lethbridge Police have charged a man and woman in connection with numerous incidents where personal information was collected and used to commit identity fraud.
An investigation by patrols and members of the Economic Crimes Unit determined that more than 30 victims had mail stolen or documents taken from their vehicles in November and December 2018. The stolen mail included tax assessments, pay stubs, cheques, credit card statements, personal letters and pre-authorized credit letters. The property taken from vehicles consisted mostly of insurance and registration documents and wallets.
In addition personal details were gathered from social media accounts. With the stolen documents, the subjects were able to obtain names, dates of birth, Social Insurance Numbers, addresses, bank account and credit card information. Online applications were subsequently made and the subjects were successful in obtaining a vehicle, guitar and loan using a digitally altered driver’s license and pay stub. In some cases, the stolen documents were also traded for drugs.
28 year old Kyle Anthony Blakely of Lethbridge is facing 84 criminal charges including possession of stolen property, uttering a forged document, fraud, false pretenses, make/possess identity documents, possession of undelivered mail, possession of credit card data and more. He is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing Tuesday (Feb. 12).
39 year old Tammy Judy Yolanta Kotowski of Lethbridge is facing 52 criminal charges including, possession of undelivered mail, possession of stolen property, possession of credit card data, make/possess identity documents, fraud and more.
A warrant for Kotowski’s arrest has been issued. Anyone wit information is asked to contact LPS.