Broadcast Time: 11:40 am Date: October 3, 2023
On Monday, September 11, 2023 the Sarnia Police Service investigated multiple occurrences in the City of Sarnia where a male had attended local businesses where he produced counterfeit $100 bills.
The suspect passed the counterfeit bills in order to make purchases for items and retrieve real currency with the change received for the fraudulent purchases.
Surveillance photos were obtained and the suspect was subsequently identified as Dylan LAFORET (24) of Windsor, Ontario. LAFORET has been linked to similar incidents in neighbouring jurisdictions.
As a result of the Sarnia Police Service investigation, a warrant has been issued for Dylan LAFORET on the following charges:
- Possession of counterfeit money x 9
- Utter counterfeit money x 9
- Fraud under $5000 x 9
The Sarnia Police Service believes that LAFORET may be responsible for other unreported crimes involving the passing of counterfeit currency.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts or who may have been a victim or witness to additional crimes, are requested to contact the Sarnia Police Service at 519-344-8861 ext. 0.
If you or your business has been the victim of the passing of counterfeit bills in Sarnia over the past month, please call the Sarnia Police Service at (519) 344-8861 Ext. 0 to report it or use our online reporting portal on our website.
You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Attached is a link to the Bank of Canada that has tips on how to identify counterfeit bills and protect your business from fraudulent transactions.
Inspector Leo Murphy
Criminal Investigations Division
Sarnia Police Service