BRAMPTON — Investigators have charged an Ontario-based married couple they say acted as “money mules” in a mostly India-based phone and internet scam.
RCMP say the arrests may make a dent in the prevalence of the widespread scam, in which fraudsters impersonate Canada Revenue Agency employees.
“The CRA scam, which is operating out of India, has been targeting the Canadian public since 2014, and despite a number of police raids on illegal call centres in India, it continues to victimize Canadians,” reads a release. “Cumulatively between 2014 and 2019, the CRA scam has resulted in victim losses totaling over $16.8 million dollars.”
The scheme sees callers posing as agents from the CRA demand money that they claim is owed in taxes, threatening the victims with imprisonment if they don’t pay up.
Gurinderpreet Dhaliwal, 37, years of age and Inderpreet Dhaliwal, 36, have been charged with fraud over $5,000, laundering the proceeds of crime and property obtained by crime.
Insp. Jim Ogden alleges the couple would receive boxes of cash from Canadians and forward the money to the scam’s base in India.
Ogden didn’t say how much money they’re accused to have laundered, but noted $27,000 cash and more than $100,000 in jewelry was allegedly seized from their Brampton, Ont., home.