York Regional Police have charged two men, executed search warrants and seized a number of fake cell phones following a fraud investigation.
The investigation began on Thursday, December 17, 2020, when a victim reported a fraud. The victim had arranged to purchase a high-end cell phone from an ad posted on a social media platform. The victim met with the suspects and purchased the phone for $1400 dollars. The phone was in a sealed package but when the victim got home and opened it, she said that she realized the phone was fraudulent.
Through the investigation officers determined the identities of the suspects and identified vehicles the suspects were operating. Warrants were executed on several vehicles and a residence in the Town of Innisfil. Officers seized a quantity of fake cell phones, many in sealed packages with fake receipts, approximately $3000 dollars in cash, a loaded handgun and ammunition, approximately 2 lbs. of cannabis individually packaged, two smart watches, Oxycodone pills and stolen licence plates.
Investigators believe that there may be additional victims who have purchased fake phones from social media buy/sell posts, and may be unaware if it has not been opened yet.
Caleb Geric and Anthony Coorera, both men are 18 and from Innisfil, have been charged with various offences, including possession of a restricted firearm, careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm with ammunition, possession of oxycodone, and fraud under $5,000.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.