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Fraud - Suspect in Bank Fraud Arrested Again

Posted on Tuesday October 22, 2019
**Update #2 - October 22, 2019
 
In August 2019, the Niagara Regional Police Service received additional complaints from a financial institution regarding the creation and use of fraudulent bank accounts.  As a result of an investigation by detectives of the Central Fraud Unit, on October 22, 2019, 26 year old Kiona Campbell of no fixed address, was rearrested and charged with the following offences:
 
- Fraud Over $5000
- Breach of Recognizance Order
 
Also arrested was Marissa MacDonald, 28 years old, of St. Catharines.  MacDonald is charged with one count of Breach of Recognizance Order.
 
Both accused were held in custody for a bail hearing at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on October 23, 2019.  
 
Incident #2019-100650
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Update 1 April 3, 2019
 
As a result of the ongoing investigation by detectives of the Central Fraud Unit, on April 3, 2019, 25 year old Kiona Campbell of Welland was rearrested and charged with the following additional offences:
 
- Identity Theft (69 Counts)
- Breach of Recognizance Order
 
Detectives have identified 69 new victims as a result of their ongoing investigation. 
 
It is alleged that the offences involved the capturing of dates of births and personal information from social media "friends" and then using that information to create opportunities for fraudulent financial gains.
 
Campbell was held in custody to attend a bail hearing at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on April 3, 2019.
 
The investigation remains ongoing as detectives believe there are more victims.  Anyone with information can contact detectives by email at Steve.Vandenbos@niagarapolice.ca
 
Original Release March 27, 2019
 
In February 2019, the Niagara Regional Police Service, Central Fraud Unit, along with RBC Corporate Investigations, commenced an investigation involving identity fraud and the creation of several fraudulent bank accounts.
 
As a result of the investigation, on March 26, 2019, members of the Central Fraud Unit executed a search warrant at a Welland residence.  Evidence was seized and two suspects were arrested.
 
Charged with Fraud over $5000, Identity Fraud, and Possession of Identity Documents is 25 year old Kiona Campbell of Welland.
 
Charged with Possession of Identity Documents is 27 year old Marissa MacDonald, also of Welland.
 
Both accused were held for bail hearings on March 27, 2019 at the St. Catharines courthouse.
 
Investigation revealed that several people's identity information may have been compromised through Facebook "friends" and possibly other social media.  Members of the community who may be connected to the accused through social media are advised to check with their financial institutions and/or Credit Bureaus to ensure their personal information has not been affected.
 
This remains an active investigation and additional charges are anticipated.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact D/Cst. Steve Vandenbos at 905-688-4111, option 3, badge# 9123.

Incident Number: 2019-100650
Submitted By: Todd Claydon
Approved By: Todd Claydon

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