Aggregate firms in north Durham duped by York Region fraudsters

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Published November 26, 2021 at 1:55 pm

Durham Police have arrested a pair of suspected fraudsters from York Region after a lengthy investigation into construction materials illicitly sold from a local aggregate facility since 2016.

Fraud investigators allege a man who worked at an aggregate facility in Durham sold materials to another aggregate firm and construction company in the area. Police did not specify where the man worked or which businesses he allegedly sold the materials to.

According to police the employee provided fraudulent invoices to the buyers and pocketed the money himself, depositing it into an account held jointly with the second suspect.

Investigators discovered some of the $2 million in proceeds were used to buy and renovate a house in Durham. Police did not specify where in the Region the house is.

Jamie Showers, 44, from York Region, was charged with fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime, possession of property obtained by crime, uttering forged documents and drawing documents without authority.

Michelle Langdon, 43, also from York, was charged with fraud over $5,000, laundering proceeds of crime and possession of property obtained by crime.

Both have been released with conditions.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation can call D/Cst. Taylor of the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5283.

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