Male charged in elaborate credit-card fraud scheme

A 32-year-old Quebec male is facing 70 charges after he racked up more than $164,000 in fraudulent credit card charges.

Last year, from September to November, the accused participated in an elaborate credit card fraud scheme. During that time, he visited several Home Depot stores situated throughout Durham Region and other parts of Ontario. He impersonated Home Depot credit card clients and used their in-store credit cards to make purchases of merchandise and gift cards.

The Durham Region Police Major Crime – Fraud Unit investigated the incidents. The accused was identified and a Canada-wide warrant was issued. He was arrested in Laval, Quebec earlier this week.

Hovel Kechichian, age 32 of Laval, Quebec, is charged with fraud over $5,000; 23 charges of personation with intent; 23 charges of possessing a credit card obtained by crime; and 23 charges of possessing identity information with inference of fraud. He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with new information about the investigation is asked to contact Det. Price of the Major Crime – Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5353.


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