By Lethbridge Herald on June 8, 2015.
Lethbridge Regional Police Service has charged a Calgary man with fraud after he allegedly attempted to use a stolen identity to obtain a substantial loan.
On June 4, 2015, police responded to a report of a possible fraud at the Bank of Montreal along University Drive. Bank staff reported a man attended the branch with various identity, banking and employment documents, and attempted to take out a $20,000 loan.
According to police, staff became suspicious, and upon making further inquiries, learned the account information the man provided from another institution did not exist, and his employment information did not check out. When the man returned to the bank to complete his loan application, he was arrested without incident.
Following further investigation by police a man was identified and subsequently charged.
James Donahue McDonald, 42, of Calgary, is charged with three counts of possession of identity information, four counts of uttering a forged document and one count each of identity fraud and attempted fraud over. He was scheduled to appear in court today.
Investigation in this matter is ongoing, and police added the man could also have attended other financial institutions.
Any suspicious activity can be reported to police at 403-328-4444.