Lethbridge Regional Police have charged at 20-year-old Montreal man with numerous offences in connection with a fraudulent banking scheme.
On Aug. 1, 2014 police responded to a suspected fraud in progress at ATB Financial along Highlands Boulevard after an out-of-province male, who opened a new account the day before, attended to deposit two substantial cheques. The teller refused the deposit and the male left the bank prior to police arrival. He was located later in the day at a southside hotel.
Following subsequent investigation police executed a search warrant at the man’s hotel room and seized several cell phones, numerous pieces of fake identification and financial documentation from banks where accounts had been opened. Investigation determined the male had travelled to Alberta for the sole purpose of engaging in fraudulent activity.
Investigation in this matter is ongoing and it believed further frauds have been committed throughout Alberta.
Idriss Tetangmo, 20, of Montreal, is charged with 43 counts of possession of a forged document, and one count each of drawing a document without authority, attempted fraud over, obstructing a peace officer and two counts of uttering a forged document.
Tetangmo was remanded in custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance Aug. 13.
For media inquiries contact
Sgt. Travis Evenson
Economic Crimes Unit
Lethbridge Regional Police Service