Canadian Family Accused with Identity Theft, Faces 114 Fraud Charges

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They then used the stolen information to apply online for Home Depot credit, Ms Bertulli said.

The credit, at approximately $1,500, was used to purchase Home Depot gift cards from stores in Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Airdrie, Okotoks and Cranbrook, B.C.

They would then sell the fraudulently purchased gift cards through online sites at discounted prices.

But then Home Depot Canada got suspicious and brought the matter to Calgary police.

“These were too-good-to-be-true offers,” Ms Bertulli said. “There may have been pressure sales as well. It’s possible the individuals felt if they didn’t take this deal, it would disappear.”

The five face the following charges:

  • Jennifer Marie Shepherd – charged with 29 counts of identity fraud, 31 counts of fraud under $5,000, nine counts of laundering proceeds of crime and eight counts of breach of recognizance;
  • Andrew James Shepherd – charged with three counts of identity fraud, four counts of fraud under $5,000 and four counts of laundering proceeds of crime;
  • Mom Carol Lee Shepherd – charged with four counts of identity fraud, four counts of fraud under $5,000 and two counts of laundering proceeds of crime;
  • Dad Darcy Frederick Shepherd – charged with three counts of identity fraud, four counts of fraud under $5,000, and two counts of laundering proceeds of crime;
  • Sarah Annie Savoie, Andrew’s common-law spouse – charged with seven counts of laundering proceeds of crime.

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