A Toronto man is facing dozens of charges and police have recovered nearly $50,000 in cash and merchandise following an alleged fraud investigation.
According to the Toronto Police Service, the man would order products online from across Canada. Once the items arrived, he would contact the company to return them.
Police said the man would drop off the return packages at Canada Post locations throughout the city. However, unbeknownst to the mail company, he had allegedly placed a device in each package that would remove the labels, rendering the parcel undeliverable.
Since the items had been received by the carrier, the companies would issue a refund. Police said the man had been doing this since June 1, 2020.
With help from Canada Post investigators, Toronto Police were able to identify the man. On February 18, officers from the Criminal Investigative Bureau executed a search warrant at a residence near Finch Avenue East and Don Mills Road.
Christopher Lim, 28, was arrested and charged with 23 counts of public mischief, 12 counts of fraud under $5,000, 18 counts of possession of property obtained by a crime, six counts of personation, and one count of possession of proceeds of a crime.
Investigators also allegedly recovered $20,000 in merchandise and $25,000 in cash.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-4100. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.