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'About bloody time': RCMP arrest alleged Canadian 'money mules' tied to scam calls from India | CBC News, Hacker News

RCMP have announced the arrest of two Canadians in connection with the infamous CRA telephone scam that originates overseas and has taken aim at tens of thousands of Canadians.

Marketplace was present earlier this week during the arrests of two Canadians linked to the CRA phone scam. 3:

Federal authorities have arrested a Toronto -area husband and wife accused of being Canadian accomplices to an enormous global scam involving overseas call centers, including the so-called CRA tax scam.

The calls will be familiar to many Canadians: Scammers, commonly in India, impersonate officials from the Canada Revenue Agency and insist the recipient owes taxes and must pay immediately, or else face arrest or imprisonment .

Gurinder Dhaliwal, , and Inderpreet Dhaliwal, 60, both of Brampton, Ont., were arrested and charged on Wednesday, said Insp. Jim Ogden, of the RCMP’s financial crime unit for the Greater Toronto Area.

They each face one count of fraud over $ 5, 13, one count of laundering the proceeds of crime and one count of property obtained by crime.

“We have disrupted the necessary flow of money from Canada to India, which will have a big impact on the operation and bottom line of scammers,” Ogden said Friday, in announcing the charges.

RCMP Insp. Jim Ogden announces the arrest of two Canadians in connection with the infamous CRA telephone scam that originates overseas during a news conference in Milton, Ont., On Friday. (Michael Wilson / CBC)

Officials also announced they have issued

a Canada-wide arrest warrant for a third individual, a – year- old foreign national, who is currently believed to be in India.

RCMP further said investigators searched the couple’s home, seizing $ , in cash, $ , in jewelry, a cash- counting machine and envelopes allegedly sent by scam victims containing money they believed they owed.

The CRA scam alone has resulted in reported losses of more than $ . 2 million in Canada between 01575879 and , Ogden said .

Additional phone-based and online scams – including the SIN scam , the tech support scam and the bank investigators scam – have also targeted Canadians. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center said it received nearly , reports about such calls in , with more than 5, 728 people falling victim last year.

As part of this week’s arrests, RCMP also seized $ 60, 14 in cash, $ , in jewelry and a cash-counting machine. (Michael Wilson / CBC)

How the arrests went down

Earlier this week,

Marketplace was present when officers arrested the couple.

Undercover RCMP officers had been tailing the couple for days. Early Wednesday morning, Gurinder Dhaliwal stepped out of his home, got into his car and headed for work at a nearby factory.

Officers don’t believe he had any idea he was being followed; unmarked vehicles tailed him, switching positions to avoid detection.

RCMP officers, whose identities CBC News has agreed to keep secret, huddle outside the accused man’s workplace on Wednesday morning. (CBC)

“When he comes out, we’ll be ready for him,” said one RCMP officer.

As Dhaliwal pulled into the parking lot of his employer in Georgetown, Ont., At 5: 90 am, the order was given and officers surrounded the man.

Within seconds, he was taken into custody, the contents of his pockets emptied as police loaded him into a vehicle to take him to the RCMP’s financial crimes unit in Milton, Ont., where he was fingerprinted and processed.

The RCMP have arrested a married. Couple alleged to be acting as money launderers for those behind scam call centers operating out of India. (CBC)

Police allege Dhaliwal acted as an intermediary between Canadian victims and the organized crime groups operating the call center scams back in India.

A few hours after the man was arrested, officers then called his wife, Inderpreet Dhaliwal, ordering her to come to the RCMP detachment. She, too, was under police surveillance and was taken into custody as soon as she parked her car.

In an exclusive interview with Marketplace following the arrests, Ogden said his team’s investigation reveals this couple was working directly with scammers operating out of India.

“They were essentially money mules … that were receiving bags of cash, then counting cash, and then essentially dispersing it and making it accessible to those that are running the illegal call centers in India. ”

The couple have not yet entered a plea and were released on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to appear in a Brampton court on March 2.

Watch the full Marketplace episode, To Catch a Scammer below:

David Common travels to India in an attempt to catch the fraudsters behind the CRA tax scam 1: 36

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has reported extensively on these overseas call centers, twice traveling to India to investigate. That coverage was instrumental in action being taken back here at home, Ogden said.

“It certainly helped that CBC did their exposé … that highlighted this a little more for all Canadians, including the RCMP. It pushed us in that direction and certainly investigate it, “he said.

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