A Regina couple is facing 73 charges related to identity theft and fraud after a police investigation into offences committed over the past year.
A 26-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested from an apartment on the 800 block of Empress Street on May 9 and a search warrant was executed.
Investigators discovered approximately 3,000 documents belonging to 96 different identities, according to a police news release.
“It’s alleged the suspects would gather information about a potential victim, and then forge documents such as bank statements, pay stubs, drivers’ licences, and status cards,” said the release.
The suspects would allegedly apply for loans, credit cards and bank accounts using the victim’s identity.
The couple was re-arrested on July 3 at a hotel room where police found a computer, printer/scanner and identification documents as well as items purchased using other people’s identities.
As a result, the 26-year-old man has been charged with 16 counts of identity theft, 14 counts of identity fraud, as well as 13 other related charges including forgery and making counterfeit money.
The 22-year-woman has been charged with 12 counts of identity theft, nine counts of identity fraud and nine other related charges including forgery and making counterfeit money.
They made their first court appearance at Regina Provincial Court on July 4.
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