Fraudster group nabbed in Kelowna

The group fraudulently purchased nearly $20,000 in merchandise from local liquor, clothing, electronics and specialty stores

Three men and two women, all from Montreal Quebec, each face countless potential criminal charges after fraudulently purchasing thousands upon thousands of dollars in merchandise and services from local businesses.

According to GIS investigators, the group of five travelling criminals from Quebec arrived in the Kelowna area near the end of October. Investigators believe that the group stayed for a matter of only a few days before they left, possibly to the Lower Mainland, only to return to the Central Okanagan city on Nov. 10.

While in Kelowna, police allege that the group fraudulently purchased nearly $20,000 in merchandise from local liquor, clothing, electronics and specialty stores as well as other services such as hotels and rental car agencies.

On Tuesday night, it was great police work by our general duty investigators who linked several open fraud investigations to the group and tracked them down to a pair of rooms at a local motel, said Const. Ewan Dewolf of the Kelowna RCMP GIS Economic Crime Unit, in a press release.

RCMP coordinated the safe arrest of all five suspects, one of which was stopped in a rental vehicle observed leaving the motel parking lot.

Search warrants were obtained and police have seized a significant amount of suspected stolen property from the hotel rooms and their rental vehicle, said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey spokesman of the Kelowna RCMP.

The three men 22, 22 and 21 years old, along with the two women 18 and 20 years old, remain in police custody, as investigators with the Kelowna RCMP GIS Economic Crime Unit continue to gather and analyze evidence collected against the group.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP GIS Economic Crime Unit at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at

1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


Just Posted

Late night confrontation between two men in Peachland

RCMP was called to the scene of a physcial encounter on Saturday evening where one man was injured

Kelowna hotel suffers water damage

Guests at the Royal Anne Hotel in Bernard were greeted by firefighters last night

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Hodge: You can’t make this stuff up

Kelowna columnist with a story that proves in life, it’s never too late

UPDATED: Man dies after struck by vehicle

A man died after being hit by a vehicle in West Kelowna

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

First-place Warriors edge Caps, visit ‘Backs today

West Kelowna scores twice in 25 seconds early in third to overtake Cowichan Valley in BCHL action

Grab a book; thank your librarian

All libraries are cornerstones of their communities and we celebrate them during library month

Five decades of volunteering

Even though she is approaching 70, Merle kindred continues to volunteer around the world

Twarynski trick sends Rockets past ‘Hawks

Rockets end five-game winless streak with victory Friday over Portland

Vehicle leaves scene after striking lamp post

After hitting a lamp post on Springfield Road, a vehicle has left the scene

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Most Read