Search Warrant Executed in International Fraud Investigation

Posted On Friday December 16, 2022

Region of Peel – On Wednesday, December 14, 2022, investigators from Peel Regional Police Cyber Support Services and the Fraud Bureau, with the assistance the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), and U.S. law enforcement agencies, executed a search warrant at a residence in the Region of Peel.

Investigators arrested Jayant BHATIA, a 33-year-old man from Brampton and seized evidence in relation to a cyber-enabled fraud investigation spanning international borders across two continents.

We want to thank our municipal, provincial, and federal law enforcement agencies within Canada, North America, and abroad for our on-going strategic partnerships to address, disrupt and dismantle complex cyber criminal enterprises.

“Cybercrime is borderless and cyber criminals have become more sophisticated. A more collected and collaborative approach between our law enforcement partners is paramount,” said Deputy Nick Milinovich, Peel Regional Police Investigative & Emergency Services. “These criminals are motivated by financial gain and Peel Regional Police is committed to providing appropriate, persistent disruption and investigative techniques to protect our community members.”

“The CAFC has seen another massive increase in reported financial losses to scams and fraud in 2022,” Chris Lynam, the Director General of the CAFC and National Cybercrime Coordination Centre said. “While our partnerships at all levels have been essential to successfully targeting fraudsters, we also need Canadians’ help by reporting instances of scams, fraud and cybercrime to their local police and the CAFC. Every report brings us one step closer to preventing further victimization and catching the criminals.”

Public education and awareness are vital in preventing the continuation of becoming a victim of cyber crime. Consider these helpful tips: 

  • Do your research. Verify the organization or person. 
  • Do not be afraid to say no.
  • Any requests for money should be treated with caution.
  • Avoid clicking on convenient links; source the service separately from the information in an email or message.
  • Do not prepay someone you have never met for services or products through Interac e-transfer or by prepaid gift cards.
  • Do not send currency via Bitcoin ABM at the direction of someone you do not know and trust.

Peel Regional Police is dedicated to protecting individuals and groups in our community. We encourage our community to learn more about the trends currently affecting Canadians by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and the Peel Regional Police website. 

For any inquiries related to the indicted US individual and subsequent arrest, see the US press release here. 

Anyone with information about a similar incident can call investigators within Cyber Support Services at (905) 453–2121, ext. 3394.  Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Media Relations Officer at (905) 453-2121, ext. 4027.

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