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Two Canadian tourists accused of defrauding bank

Two Canadian tourists appeared before a magistrate yesterday accused of defrauding Scotiabank of $76,540 and attempting to rip off the company of almost $200,000.

Michael Rooney, 38, of Brampton, Ontario, and Mihai Stoicheci, 42, of Ancaster, Ontario, are charged with nine counts of fraud by false pretenses, nine counts of attempted fraud by false pretenses and one count of possession of forged documents,

Prosecutors accuse the men of embarking on the fraud scheme on October 30, the same day that they entered the country.

According to court documents, prosecutors allege that the men obtained a total of $76,540 from Scotiabank from October 30 up to November 7.

During the same period, the men are accused of making unsuccessful bids to obtain $198,630 from the bank.

Rooney and Stoicheci are further accused of having 66 forged LCBO gift cards with the intent to defraud.

The men denied all the accusations against them during an arraignment before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell.

She remanded them to Her Majesty’s Prison until November 17 when a bail and fixture hearing will be held.

Jairam Mangra appeared for both defendants.  Inspector Ercell Dorsett was the prosecutor.




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