On Wednesday, August 7, at approximately 3:57 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police, Oxford County Detachment investigated a fraud after being contacted by a Tillsonburg pharmacist at a business on Broadway.
The accused provided the pharmacist with a prescription, but the alert pharmacist realized the prescription tendered was in fact false and immediately contacted police.
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Officers subsequently took the suspect into custody without incident. While officers were dealing with the suspect, a second individual approached police and was also taken into custody. It was determined the second individual had been involved in a similar incident in July 2019.
As a result, police have charged 25-year-old Amal Ahmed Abdosh Zakaria of North York with the following offences: Possession property obtained by crime under $5,000 (3 counts); Use, deals, acts of forged documents (3 counts); Personation with intent to avoid arrest, prosecution of obstruct justice (Identity Fraud).
Charged with personation with intent to avoid arrest, prosecution or obstruct justice (Identity Fraud) is 24-year-old Sitra Sherif of North York.
Both are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Woodstock at a later date.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the pharmacist for their quick thinking actions and also recognizing that the same individual was involved in a previous incident last month,” said Inspector Tony Hymers. Detachment Commander, Oxford County OPP, in a media release. “As a result, we were able to take both people into custody without incident.”