The Saskatoon Police Service announced on Monday that three Quebec men that were already facing fraud-related charges are now facing charges of organized crime.
Investigators with the Saskatoon Police Service Economic Crime Section charged two 25-year-old Quebec men on January 19 with committing an indictable offence for the benefit of a criminal organization. One of the men was also charged with recruiting for a criminal organization. And all three are facing additional charges of fraud over $5,000.
Saskatoon police originally announced they arrested a man on January 10 in connection to multiple family/grandparent emergency scams in the community.
They arrested the 25 year old, believing he is responsible for numerous frauds dating back to December 21, 2022.
He was charged at the time with seven counts of fraud over $5,000.
Then the Saskatoon police announced that an officer observed a vehicle of interest on January 11 in the city believed to be operated by suspects involved in multiple family/grandparent emergency scams. The vehicle was stopped and its occupants were arrested without incident.
Two Quebec men were charged with 10 counts of fraud over $5,000 and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000. The man who was previously arrested was charged with three more counts of fraud over $5,000.
Police say the culprits stole over $100,000 from victims.
"Fraudsters leverage urgency and panic to coerce the victim into complying with their request," said the release. "Always use extreme caution, especially when being asked to send a form of currency. If you have received a suspicious call and suspect fraud but have not been victimized, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre; if you have become the victim of fraud, report it to the Saskatoon Police Service online or by calling 306-975-8300."