PRESCOTT — “Familiar fraud” occurs when a friend or family member uses a close relationship for their own financial gain, and Grenville County OPP say they’ve laid charges against a woman involved in such a scenario.
The accused befriended a 41-year-old man from the Ottawa area, stole his identity and used his personal information for fraudulent means — leading to a $20,000 loss for the victim, according to police.
The detachment says that Katrina Gilmour, 35, of Brockville was charged Feb. 26 with:
- Fraud over $5,000;
- Make forged document (two counts);
- Fraud under $5,000 (two counts);
- and Identity theft (four counts).
The charges followed a Crime Unit investigation.
Gilmour was released to appear April 12 in Brockville court.
Identity theft is a broad term encompassing several different types of criminal activity, some having greater impact on the victim’s life than others. Police say the most common from of financial fraud involves using personal information with that person’s knowledge or consent to establish a new account — typically a loan or credit card.
Those who suspect they might be a victim of identity theft are advised to contact their police service or OPP at 1-800-310-1122.