March 19, 2021 Media Release

Fraud – Arrest: R19-28993

On May 7, 2019, the Winnipeg Police Service Financial Crimes Unit was contacted by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation to report what they believed to be fraud and theft-related occurrences by an employee within their Casino Tours Department dating back to 2017. 

The investigation revealed that between April 2017 and April 2019, more than 300 fraud, theft, and money-laundering events occurred, resulting in Liquor & Lotteries being defrauded of more than $275,000.

Casinos of Winnipeg provides tour packages to casinos and hires various companies to provide bus transportation.  Part of the bus operators' payment is based on the number of patrons booked for each tour. Invoices and computer data were altered to show inflated passenger counts, and falsified trips were created, resulting in overpayments to several tour bus companies.

Due to the overall control and manipulation of the travel manifests, the tour companies were not aware that they were being overpaid. The tour operators were unsuspecting when they were then directed to make payments based on their existing business relationship with the suspect, who also owned a bus company.

The transactions were discovered in an audit conducted by Liquor & Lotteries.

On March 2, 2021, the Financial Crimes Unit charged Lori Ann MANN, 51, from Winnipeg, with the following offences:

-Fraud Over $5,000
-Theft Over $5,000
-Laundering Proceeds of Crime
-Mischief to Data

Weapons – Arrest: C21-61071

On March 18, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., Central District Foot Patrol Officers were patrolling The Promenade near Vaughan Street when they came upon a male seated near loading docks attempting to consume narcotics with a glass pipe. While speaking with the male, officers noticed an open backpack with what appeared to be a pistol-style handle of a firearm protruding out the top.

The male was arrested, and a search of the pack located a loaded Ruger Mini-14, .223 rifle with a folding stock and a high-capacity magazine. Officers also found a folding 5-inch knife.

Phung Minh, NGUYEN, 28, of Winnipeg, was charged with:
- Possess Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace x 2
- Carry Concealed Weapon x 2
- Possess Contrary to Prohibition Order x 2
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of a Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Careless Use of a Firearm

The accused was detained in custody.

Motor Vehicle Collision – Investigation C21-61242

On March 18, 2021, at approximately 9:00 p.m., the Winnipeg Police Service and Emergency Services responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a single SUV rollover at Murdock Road and St. Boniface Road.

A 27-year-old male occupant who had been ejected from the vehicle was air-lifted by STARS to hospital, where he remains in critical condition. A second male, 34, was transported by ambulance in stable condition.

The cause of this collision is not confirmed at this time and members of the Winnipeg Police Traffic Division continue to investigate.

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