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Mother, 2 adult sons accused of $750K fraud in GTA

08/29/2013 01:08 EDT | Updated 10/29/2013 05:12 EDT
An Aurora, Ont., mother and her two adult sons are accused of committing a fraud totalling at least $750,000, which police say involved using gift cards to buy big-ticket merchandise from GTA retailers.

York Regional Police allege that the family used fraudulent credit cards to get the gift cards they used to shop for TV, furniture, jewelry and other items.

In some cases, police say the accused exchanged some of the items purchased with the gift cards, only to accept items of lesser value from retailers. In these cases, they received cash back from retailers to make up for the difference in price of the returned items.

It is alleged that the family was selling items purchased to online buyers. Police say the merchandise was "inventoried" at a home in Aurora.

Police say that they received reports in June that the accused had been shopping with fraudulently obtained gift cards.

Last month, police then searched a home in Aurora. Officers seized merchandise they believe was obtained fraudulently, along with jewelry, cash and equipment used to make fake IDs.

Const. Andy Pattenden told CBC News that TVs, mattresses, bed frames and other furniture were among the items seized.

Zeba Chaudhry, 49, along with 21-year-old Hasan Chaudhry and 24-year-old Waleed Chaudhry, each face charges that include fraud, possession of property obtained by crime and both the possession and use of credit card data.

They are due to appear in a Newmarket, Ont., court in October.

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