Project Royal started in summer 2016 and focused on allegations of ongoing fraud committed by a group of persons located in the GTA.
It is alleged that:
- people lived a high-profile lifestyle of conspicuous consumption fueled by the proceeds of identity theft and fraud
- 37 fraudulently obtained credit cards, hundreds of pieces of presumably stolen mail, and a series of notebooks containing the handwritten identity information of approximately 5,000 GTA residents were seized
- details contained within the mail and notebooks served as a starting point for the commission of financial crime directed at Canadians and Canadian institutions, as well as those abroad, with losses exceeding $10 million
Adedayo Ogundana, 45, also known as Oladipupo Ogund, of Toronto, was arrested on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and charged with:
1) two counts of Fraud Over $5000
2) 10 counts of Fraud Under $5000
3) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
4) Possession of Proceeds of Crime
He is scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Thursday, May 18, 2017, 9 a.m., room 301.
On Thursday, March 9, 2017, a Warrant in the First was issued for Duro Akintola, 44, also known as Michie Noah, of Toronto, wanted on several charges.
It is further alleged that:
- on Monday, April 24, 2017, a search warrant was executed at a Yorkville condominium where cash, watches, jewelry, clothing, and accessories were all seized
- all of the items are believed to be the proceeds of identity theft
On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Adekunle Johnson Omitiran, 37, of Toronto, surrendered to police. He was arrested and charged with:
1) Fraud Over $5000
2) four counts of Fraud Under $5000
3) two counts of Identity Theft
4) Trafficking Identity Information
5) Possession of Credit Card Obtained by Crime
6) Possession of Proceeds of Crime
7) Possession of Proceeds of Crime
8) Fail to Comply with Probation
He is scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Friday, May 19, 2017, 10 a.m., room 501.
Emmanuel Salako, 47, of Toronto, also known as Gee Salaq, indicted by the United States Postal Inspection Service in Chicago under the name George Salako, is wanted by the U.S.
Assistance to the Strategic Partnership was provided by members of York Regional Police, Canada Border Services Agency, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, Canada Post Investigations, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and members of the public.
Investigators believe that Adekunle Johnson Omitiran maintained connections to persons with legitimate access to identity information, who provided it to him for a fee. Investigators are seeking the assistance of the public in determining the identity of such persons.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Financial Crimes at 416-808-7300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Detective Sergeant Ian Nichol, of Financial Crimes, held a news conference which can be viewed on YouTube.