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Two arrested, a third being sought in major fraud investigation

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Burnaby RCMP has arrested two people and is seeking a third in connection with a major fraud investigation involving 200 victims.

In May, Burnaby RCMP launched the investigation after receiving a complaint of a suspicious purchase at a computer store at Metropolis at Metrotown mall.

Police allege one of the suspects bought iPhones with someone else's credit card then rented a vehicle with another identity.

The fraudulent incidents have been committed in Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Langley and Squamish, Burnaby RCMP believe.

Through their investigation officers eventually executed a search warrant on a home  in the 38000-block of Hemlock Avenue in Squamish. Police seized about 200 identities including credit cards, B.C. driver’s licences and photo identity cards (BCID), cheques, wills, firearm licences, immigration papers and utility documents. Police believe personal mail was being stolen from homes and mailboxes.

Shawn Lundrigan, 33, and Kimberly McSweeney, 22, both of Squamish face multiple counts of fraud and identity theft. Burnaby RCMP are also seeking a third man, Paul Hebert, 38, of no-fixed address. He's wanted for one count of identity theft and two counts of fraud.

Anyone who sees Hebert or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or text BCTIP at CRIMES (274637).

Burnaby RCMP remind people to keep an eye on credit card histories and bank statements. For more information on preventing identity theft using mail, visit: http://bit.ly/1tglaqL/.

 

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