A Brockville woman faces charges in connection with an alleged identity theft that cost a victim about $20,000, Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police have reported.
The suspect befriended a 41-year-old man from the Ottawa area and then used his personal information for fraudulent means, according to a police news release.
Katrina Gilmour, 35, was charged on Tuesday with fraud over $5,000, two counts of making a forged document, two counts of fraud under $5,000 and four counts of identity theft. She was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to return to Brockville court on April 12.
The Grenville OPP crime unit is handling the investigation.
So-called “familiar fraud” occurs when a family member or friend uses a close relationship for his or her financial gain, police noted.
The most common form of financial fraud is when personal information is used without the person’s knowledge or consent in order to establish a loan or credit card. Anyone who suspects he or she is a victim of identity theft is asked to contact local police.