Brampton woman charged in $600,000 ‘lottery’ fraud

lotteryA 37-year-old Brampton woman has been charged in connection with a $600,000 fraud against an 85-year-old woman.

  • Marietta Reece faces charges of  Fraud Over $5,000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Laundering Proceeds of Crime and Conspiracy.

 Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit began an investigation in February 2016,  after a victim came forward to police for help. The victims, an 85-year-old woman and her 88-year old husband, began receiving calls approximately three years ago advising that they had won a lottery they had entered.

Initially, the victim was cautious and hesitant, but eventually the callers convinced her to send money to cover the cost of paperwork that needed to be done to process her lottery winnings.  Over a span of three years, the victims were contacted endlessly by multiple suspects with a series of scams resulting in a total loss of approximately $600,000.

The York Regional Police Major Fraud unit began an investigation dubbed project No Lotto Love into the organized group of suspects responsible for the scam.

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, one suspect was arrested and charged. The investigation into the additional suspects involved is ongoing. Investigators are asking anyone who has had communication with the accused, or another suspect who called himself Mr. McIntosh,  to contact police.

The accused is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on June 23, 2016.

York Regional Police reminds residents that awareness and prevention is the best protection against fraud. There are many types of scams with a variety of tricks and tactics used by the suspects, but the goal is the same, suspects are looking to take as much money as they can from their victims.  We urge our citizens to always consult with a trusted friend or family member, or call the police before sending any money to strangers.

Investigators believe that there are additional victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6612, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. – CINEWS

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