Tow truck operator charged with fraud and theft after posing as CAA service

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OTTAWA — Following a complaint of fraud allegations, Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit arrested and charged a tow truck owner/operator on September 12. 

Ibrahim MasriI, 33, of Ottawa was charged with:

  •       Two counts of False Pretence Over $5,000 
  •       Theft of a motor vehicle
  •       Mischief Over $5,000 

Investigation was commenced by the Ottawa Police Organized Fraud Unit (OPSFU) in August in response to two separate complaints that an Ottawa based tow truck company had conducted business under the false pretence that they were CAA.

Allegations: In both cases, the complainants later found out that CAA had no records of these calls and that they had likely been in touch with a different towing company. In one case, the investigation revealed that the caller’s vehicle was taken without their consent and brought to an unknown location where impound fees eventually exceeded $5,000.

The OPSFU executed a search warrant at the tow truck compound in the Leitrim/Albion Roads area, on Sept. 17.

CAA was cooperative and assisted the police investigation. CAA had no involvement with this current fraud.

The Ottawa Police Service asks anyone having experienced a similar incident to report it to the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300.

Masri is scheduled to appear in court on October 9.

This investigation is ongoing.

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