WINNIPEG — A lengthy investigation by Winnipeg police and the Canada Border Services Agency has uncovered a scheme to defraud car dealerships out of luxury vehicles worth a combined $520,000.
Police say Project Whip discovered eight vehicles were fraudulently financed from various dealerships in the summer of 2016.
The criminals used forged out of province driver’s licences and employment records to open several bank accounts. They then used those same documents and bank accounts to finance vehicles, including a 2016 Chrysler 300, 2012 Mercedes C63 and 2012 Range Rover in October and December of last year.
Two of the eight vehicles were later recovered from a shipping container in the Port of Montreal bound for overseas.
Two more cars were found in Winnipeg and a third in the RM of Ritchot. A search warrant executed on Red Oak Drive in Winnipeg on January 5, 2017 resulted in the arrest of several people on fraud and property-related offences.
Bemy Solow Nendaka, 31, Amadou Diaby, 26, Sekou Amadou Dicko, 48, all from Winnipeg, along with Kyle George Andrysiak, 22, of Calgary, face fraud and other charges.
Police say the group isn’t responsible for the original eight vehicle thefts last summer.