Whitby pair allegedly defrauded retailer of $200K with fraudulent returns

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Published March 23, 2022 at 12:16 pm

Whitby Police Station
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A pair of Whitby residents face several charges after allegedly defrauding an unidentified retail corporation of $200,000 through fraudulent returns.

The retailer reported several fraud in their stores to Durham Region police in 2019. After a years-long investigation the DRPS Financial Crimes unit identified two suspects.

On March 22, investigators executed a search warrant at a Whitby home. DRPS say they found $30,000 worth of merchandise and $20,000 in gift cards belonging to the retailer.

Shane Fullwood and Julianna Talevski, both 29 from Whitby, face a variety of charges including; fraud over $5,000, possession of proceeds obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime, money laundering and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Fullwood and Talevski have been released from custody with conditions.

Anyone with information pertinent to this investigation can call D/Cst. Snow of the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5358, or CrimeStoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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