Man charged with fraud after attempting to use fraudulent cards at local banks; impaired driving charges

An SD&G OPP cruiser. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News file

Individual charged with fraud  

EMBRUN — Russell County OPP responded to two fraud complaints in progress at local banks in Embrun and Casselman around 1:30 p.m. on March 2. Their investigation revealed that a customer attempted to use fraudulent credit cards to withdraw large amounts of money and identified himself with a fraudulent identification card.

 As a result of the investigation, Shawn Leduc, 40, from Montreal, was charged with:

  • Two counts of Fraud Over $5000 Criminal Code (CC) 380(1)(a);
  • Two counts of Personation with intent – intent to gain advantage (Identity Fraud) CC 403(1)(a) and
  • Two counts of Cause or attempt to use a forged document CC 368(1)(b) 

The accused is scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court on March 3.

If you or anyone you know are aware or have any further information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Russell County OPP at 613-443-4499 or OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.


Traffic stop leads to impaired charges  

RUSSELL — A Russell County OPP officer stopped a vehicle shortly before 11 p.m. on February 28 on County Rd. 17, Rockland while conducting radar enforcement. 

During the investigation, the officer utilized an Approved Screening Device (ASD). The individual was transported back to the detachment for further testing.

 As a result of the investigation, Sylvain Pitre, 41, from Rockland was charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) Criminal Code (CC) 320.14(1)(b);
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drugs CC 320.14(1)(a) and
  • Operation While Prohibited – Legal Restriction from any other Act of Parliament or Provincial Law CC 320.18(1)(b) 

The accused is scheduled to appear in L’Orignal court on March 11.

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