OPP were alerted to a possible fraud in progress at Bank of Montreal in Tillsonburg Tuesday morning.
Shortly after 10 a.m. on April 7, members of the Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police were called to the Bank of Montreal on Broadway. OPP discovered a male had entered the bank and attempted to obtain a debit card for an account he had previously opened at the branch. The bank teller alerted her manager when she suspected the male was trying to defraud the bank and the identification he produced was suspicious.
Through investigation with the assistance of the Oxford OPP Crime Unit, it was discovered that the Tillsonburg Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank and CIBC were all victims of fraud which occurred between March 25, 2015 and April 7, 2015. Other locations and branches included Kitchener and Aylmer. A loss of over $1,700 was reported.
OPP credited the alertness of the Bank of Montreal employees for playing a 'huge role' in the prevention a greater loss to all the banks involved.
Matthew Ouderkirk, 27, of Brantford was arrested and charged with the following: Identity Fraud – 7 Counts; Identity Theft – 3 Counts; Fraud Under $5,000 – 2 Counts; and Obtain Credit By False Pretences or Fraud – 3 Counts.
The accused was held for a bail hearing on April 8, 2015.