File photo

Ponoka RCMP arrest three in identity and credit card fraud

Two suspects at large

By Ponoka News Staff

The Ponoka RCMP arrested three people for credit card fraud Oct. 8 after a female and male suspect attempted to pay for a hotel room with false identification and invalid credit card information.

When the two suspects were alerted that the police had been called they fled from the front counter.

Upon investigation, Ponoka RCMP discovered that five suspects had been occupying three different hotel rooms.

Three suspects were taken into custody, and two suspects remain at large. One male was found to be in possession of brass knuckles.

Ponoka RCMP executed a search warrant on the hotel rooms and located computers, printers, card laminating equipment, external hard drives, USB thumb drives, photography equipment, along with credit card and identification information. All of these items were being used to create fake identification and credit cards.

Judicial Interim Release hearings were conducted for the three accused. Outcomes and charges are as follows:

James MacNeil, 36, from Red Deer was released from custody on his own recognizance for court in Ponoka on Oct. 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. He is charged with:

– Fraudulent Obtaining Lodging

– Instrument for use in forging credit cards

– Make use or possess exchequer bill paper, public seals, etc. Forgery o Possession of Forged Document

– Possession of Credit Card Data

– Forge or Falsify Credit Card

– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

– Fail to Comply with Undertaking

– 4 Counts of Breach of Probation

– Possession of a Prohibited Weapon

– Carry Concealed Weapon

– Possession of Identity Documents

19-year-old Karmeryne Boyd from Red Deer was released from custody on her own recognizance for court in Ponoka on October 25th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. She is charged with:

– Fraudulently Obtain Lodging

– Instrument for use in Forging Credit Cards

– Make Use or Possess Exchequer Bill Paper, Public Seals, Etc.

– Forgery o Possession of Forged Document

– Possession of Credit Card Data

-Forge or Falsify Credit Card

– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

– Fail to Comply with Undertaking

– 2 counts of Breach of Recognizance

– Obtain or Possess Identity Information o Possession of Identity Documents

28-year-old Brendyn Beaulieu from Edmonton was remanded in custody until his next court appearance in Ponoka on Oct. 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. He is charged with:

– Fraudulently Obtain Lodging

-Instrument for use in Forging Credit Cards

-Make Use or Possess Exchequer Bill Paper, Public Seals, Etc.

– Forgery o Possession of Forged Document

– Possession of Credit Card Data o Forge or Falsify Credit Card

– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

– Obstruction

– Obtain or Possess Identity Information

– Personation

– 2 Counts of Breach of Recognizance

– Possession of Identity Documents

The Ponoka RCMP continues to investigate this matter including identifying the two remaining suspects. Anyone with information to assist with the investigation, please contact the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or your local police detachment.

If you see something suspicious, report it to your local police. If you see a crime in progress, call 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.p3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

Just Posted

Ice issue forces postponement of Stamps game

Big chunk of ice exposes concrete, officials halt game in third period

Still time to get in on Santa’s Anonymous

PSC program taking registrations until Dec. 12

Workout challenge more than doubles fundraising goal

Group takes in more than $13,000 for KidSport Ponoka

Metal recycler gets support for rezoning application

Ponoka County council not unanimous on decision

RCMP deal with snow-related incidents

The police in Ponoka were a busy bunch as December showed how… Continue reading

VIDEO: Merriam-Webster declares ‘they’ its 2019 word of the year

Declared word of year based on a 313-per-cent increase in look-ups on the company’s search site

Thunberg ‘a bit surprised’ to be Time ‘Person of the Year’

‘I could never have imagined anything like that happening,’ she said in a phone interview

Toronto Raptors, Don Cherry top the list of Canadians’ Google searches in 2019

‘Champions’ was the theme of the last year, Google said

Day parole revoked for man who strangled wife, buried body in their Calgary home

Parole Board revoked Allan Shyback’s day parole after he had sex with a massage parlour worker

Alberta plans to reduce surgery wait-times by building operating rooms, using private clinics

Health minister says goal is to have 80,000 more surgeries done over the next 3 1/2 years

Sylvan Lake woman charged with fraud over $500,000

Rimbey RCMP launched an investigation in July 2019 with the suspect turning herself in on Aug. 30

VIDEO: Calgary man narrowly escapes from avalanche while running at Lake Louise

Bryon Howard caught the entire wild experience on camera

No jail but big fine for Alberta store owner convicted of illegal gun sales

At the conclusion of Monday’s hearing, the Crown stayed the remainder of the charges against the father

Anti-money laundering agency warns casinos to watch gamers playing with bank drafts

Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, known as Fintrac, issues operational alert

Most Read