GTA man facing 32 charges in relation to taxi scam investigation

Jan 21 2020, 7:15 am

Toronto police have arrested a Mississauga man in relation to an ongoing taxi scam investigation.

Officers say that there have been multiple reported incidents where a taxi driver has swapped out customers’ debit cards with a similar card from the same bank.

The original cards have then been used for fraudulent transactions until the funds are completely depleted, or the account is blocked by either the customer or the bank.

On Saturday, January 4, Jerron Acosta, 22, of Mississauga was arrested in relation to the incidents. It is further alleged that he was arrested driving a 2016 red Toyota Corolla taxi, with licence plate CKMB 471 and a City of Toronto Taxi Plate #1484.

Acosta has been charged with 31 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 and Possession of Schedule I Substance.

Police believe there may be others involved in similar scams, as well as further victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online, on Facebook, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Toronto Police Service

Toronto Police Service