On September 26, 2010, the Regina Police Service received a complaint, from a business in the 2200 block of Victoria Ave East, of suspicious usage of debit cards. The suspects, 4 males, were attempting to purchase large sums of gift cards with multiple debit cards.
Through investigation, police located the suspects and executed a search warrant at a hotel on Victoria Avenue East. Police recovered a card reader, laptops, fake debit cards, an undisclosed amount of cash and gift cards.
A 23 year-old male, Fresnel FONTAINE (DOB: 1987/02/20); a 24 year-old male, Marco FONTAINE (DOB: 1985/09/28); and a 22 year-old male, Eveny MALHEUR (DOB: 1988/08/26), all of Quebec, are all charged with 2 counts of Theft/Forgery of Credit Card [342(1)(c) CC], Proceeds of Crime-Over $5000 [355(a) CC], Possession Stolen Property Over $5000 [355(a) CC], Fraud: Money, Property, Security over $5000 [380(1)(a) CC]. All three made their first court appearance on September 27, 2010 at 2:00 pm. The investigation continues.
The Regina Police Service reminds the public to take proactive steps to protect their Personal Identification Number (PIN). If a pin-pad looks out of the ordinary or tampered with, do not use it; cover your pin when entering it into the pin-pad; check your banking statement regularly; and change your PIN every two to three months.