Two large-scale fraud and identify theft investigations resulted in three arrests last month by RCMP from across the South Okanagan.
On August 12, a male went to the USA Port of Entry at Osoyoos by mistake and was in possession of numerous fraudulent identifications, as well as credit cards and electronics to make credit cards, said Penticton RCMP Constable James Grandy.
The man was returned to Osoyoos and turned over to the Osoyoos RCMP for investigation.
An extensive investigation revealed a trail of sophisticated frauds and identity thefts committed across Canada by 37-year-old Kuch Hengleap Khun.
“Khun is believed to be primarily from Alberta and appears to have been living solely on funds obtained by fraud,” said Grandy.
Khun has been charged with identity theft and remains in custody since his arrest. He is expected to face several more charges.
Only a week later on August 20 the Osoyoos RCMP, with the assistance of the Keremeos RCMP, arrested two men after they fled from police while being stopped for driving in a dangerous manner near Osoyoos. They were stopped only after driving over a spike belt deployed by an officer in Keremeos.
At the time of arrest, the driver provided a false name and was in possession of fraudulently made identification.
“A search of the vehicle revealed hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, stolen identifications, fraudulently made identifications, fraudulent credit cards and electronic equipment to make fraudulent identification,” said Grandy. “The vehicle was purchased by the driver using stolen identity in the name he first provide to police.”
An extensive investigation revealed the true identity of the driver to be 27-year-old Nathaniel Dacles of no fixed address, but believed to spend most of his time in Lower Mainland.
Dacles had several warrants for his arrest out of the Lower Mainland which were primarily related to his involvement in frauds and identity thefts.
The passenger, 53-year-old Michael White of Surrey, was on probation with conditions not to possess mail of any person other than himself.
Dacles has been charged with possession of identification documents, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, obstruction and driving while prohibited. He remains in custody.
White has been charged with possession of identification documents and breach of probation. He appeared in court in Penticton and has been released on a recognizance.
“It does not appear that any victims of these frauds or identity thefts are from the Okanagan,” Grandy said.