SQ arrests 12 because it busts fraud ring that preyed on lonely seniors

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The Sûreté du Québec on Tuesday introduced that it had taken down an enormous fraud ring that preyed on lonely seniors looking for companionship on-line.

The provincial pressure mentioned that it was within the means of conducting 12 arrests in Montreal, Quebec Metropolis and the Outaouais area.

The SQ alleges that three suspects — Sogli Espoir Kouassi, Akissi Christelle Semon and Yapo Landry N’Cho — oversaw a fraud ring that bilked $2.three million from about 50 victims.

Police described the fraudsters’ victims as being “susceptible individuals, most of them aged,” who had sought companionship on courting web sites.

The suspects are anticipated to look in courtroom Tuesday by way of videoconference to face fraud prices and the SQ mentioned the entire outcomes of their investigation can be made later.

Provincial police mentioned their investigation obtained the collaboration of the federal and provincial income departments in addition to legislation enforcement authorities in Côte d’Ivoire.

Anybody who believes they had been a sufferer of the fraud ring is urged to name the SQ or their native police.