Travelling criminals charged in connection with bank fraud

Lethbridge Police have arrested and charged three travelling criminals who came to southern Alberta with the sole purpose of committing fraud.

On June 26, 2019 a fraud occurred at the Scotiabank in Picture Butte and as a result all Scotiabank locations in the area were put on alert. A female then attended the University Drive location and attempted an account take over using the same photo for ID – but in a different name – that was used in Picture Butte. Staff recognized the attempt as a fraud and alerted police, who were on scene for an unrelated matter. The suspect initially entered a waiting vehicle which was stopped by police a short time later. The female and two male subjects were arrested without incident.

Further investigation determined the female was wanted on warrants for more than 90 outstanding charges and one of the males had over 45 warrants from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec – mostly fraud-related.

Annie Cousineau, 44, of Montreal, is charged with attempted fraud under, obtain/possess identity information, uttering a forged document, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and identity fraud. Cousineau was remanded in custody and will appear in court July 4.

Jeff Augustin, 24, of Montreal, is charged with obstructing a peace officer and attempted fraud under $5,000. Augustin was remanded in custody and will appear in court July 3.

Nickolson Lamarre, 22, of Calgary, is charged with one count of attempted fraud under $5,000. Lamarre was released on a recognizance to appear in court July 19.