Twenty-one year old Harjoban Nahal of Brampton was arrested by the Toronto Police on Wednesday in regards to a taxi cab fraud investigation.
The investigation led by the 52 Division Fraud unit began in the fall of 2015, focusing on taxi customers having their debit cards “switched” after having paid their taxi fare.
The taxi driver would allegedly switch the customer’s card for one that resembled their financial institution. The customer’s card was then used to withdraw funds, purchase retail merchandise, eventually leaving behind empty bank accounts.
On Wednesday, Nahal was reportedly observed taking debit card from a customer in the Queen Street West and Yonge Street area, when the police swooped in to seize counterfeit identification, debit cards and a 2015 red Nissan Sentra.
The cops are concerned there may be other victims.
For now, Nahal has been charged with:
- Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
- Fail to Stop for police
- Five counts of Possession of Credit Card obtained by Crime
- Possession of Instruments of Forgery
- Possession of Counterfeit Money
- Possession of Property Obtained By Crime Under $5,000
- Seven counts of Theft of Credit Card
- Six counts of Fraud Under $5,000
- Fraud Over $5,000.00
- Six counts Possess Credit obtained by Crime
He is to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, August 6, 2019, at 2 p.m., room 101.
The Police has reminded the public to be vigilant when using debit cards at “Point of Sale” taxi cab transactions and to always maintain possession of their cards no matter what. They have also suggested we request receipts at all times.