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Identity theft, fraud among charges for Kirkland Lake woman

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TEMISKAMING SHORES - On Aug. 4, 2021, members of the Temiskaming Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), and the Economic Crime and Corruption Unit commenced an investigation into theft and fraud occurrences in the City of Temiskaming Shores.

The alleged incidents occurred between June and July 2021.  

Further investigation revealed that an individual had been defrauded by a female who allegedly withdrew and transferred a large sum of money from the victim's account.

With the assistance of the Kirkland Lake OPP, the accused was arrested on Jan. 28, 2022, shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the Town of Kirkland Lake. 

April Gagnon, a 35-year-old resident of Kirkland Lake has been charged with:

  • Identity theft - obtain or possess another persons identity, contrary to section 402.2(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)
  • Personation with intent - intent to gain advantage (Identity fraud), contrary to section 403(1)(a) of the CC
  • Theft over $5,000, contrary to section 334(a) of the CC
  • Fraud over $5,000, contrary to section 380(1)(a) of the CC

The accused was released by way of an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice on March 1, 2022, in the City of Temiskaming Shores.

The Temiskaming OPP is reminding the public to stay vigilant of frauds and scams. If you or someone you know have become a victim of fraud and have been tricked into giving personal or financial information, contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or through their online reporting tool. Check it often to stay current with the latest scams and tips on how to protect yourself.

Fraud - Recognize it, report it, stop it.