March 12, 2021 Media Release

Fraud – Arrest: R19-46992

In May 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service Financial Crimes Unit was contacted by a mobile payment processing company who believed that one of their merchants had been processing unauthorized credit card data through its merchant account, dating back to 2018. 

Between May 2019 and February 2021, the Financial Crimes Unit undertook a lengthy investigation that disclosed an intricate series of fraud and money- laundering offences by a local limousine company.

The investigation revealed that customer credit card information was used for fraudulent transactions. While several techniques were utilized, one tactic was individual customers being significantly overcharged above their regular fare price. These fraudulent transactions would go unrecognized until the customers viewed their credit card statements at a later date. 

In other instances, customer credit card information saved from a legitimate transaction was again processed without their knowledge or permission. 

- Between July 2, 2018, and October 10, 2019, twenty-three different credit cards were used for more than 91 unauthorized transactions, totalling over $865,000.

- Between July 2, 2018, and October 10, 2019, approximately $ 1,000,000 of fraudulently obtained funds were transferred between various bank accounts as a method of laundering the money. 

On January 14, 2021, Rupinder Singh BRAR, 36, of Winnipeg, was charged with fourteen fraud and money laundering-related offences.

He was released on an Appearance Notice. 

Twelve victims were identified, including:

- independent customers 
- local and international corporate companies 
- an  asset management company
- a travel agency
- several financial institutions 
- a local non-profit organization

Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061