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RCMP Vegreville – Province-Wide Cheque Fraud

Further to the previous (below) media release the subjects have been arrested.
A Calmar-area couple are facing charges for passing over 40 bad cheques throughout the province. The total dollar amount of goods obtained by this couple is in excess of $33,000.
Police-Investigating-Province-Wide-Cheque-Fraud-267x270As a result of these arrests, and the couple being identified, more reports are coming to various police agencies across the province.  This is occurring as cheques are being returned to numerous businesses across Alberta as there are insufficient funds in the account on which they were written.  It is expected that the number of offences reported and the total dollar amount of the fraudulent transactions will continue to grow.
Virginia and Daryl WALLIS of Leduc County have been arrested and charged in this matter.  At this time, they remain in custody.   First appearance in court for both will be in Leduc Provincial Court on Wednesday February 4, 2016.
RCMP would like to thank the public for the information received. RCMP would also like to remind businesses across the province to take the appropriate precautions to ensure they are protected from being victimized in similar offences in the future.
If you have any further questions on how to protect your business or yourself from this and other types of fraud contact your local police agency.
Vegreville, Alberta
In December 2015 the Vegreville RCMP received at least 3 complaints of bad cheques being uttered in Vegreville, Alberta.

Investigation revealed that the suspects in all 3 events are identified as Virginia Josephine WALLIS (38 years old) and Daryl George WALLIS (40 years old). The pair would enter retail stores and purchase $200-$700 worth of merchandise and then write Cheques from accounts with insufficient funds.
Further investigation shows that the pair are suspected of the same offences in 23 seperate and similar occurrences all accross central Alberta since October 2015. Occurrences have been reported in towns from Olds to St Paul, AB and numerous stops in between.
In the most recent occurrence in Two Hills, Alberta the pair were seen departing in a white 2002 Dodge Ram truck displaying Alberta license plate BSN-0943.
RCMP would like businesses in Alberta to be aware of these suspects, their behaviours and to protect themselves from being taken advantage of by these individuals.
Charges have been laid and they are wanted on arrest warrants for these offences. If you know the whereabouts of these suspects please call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or your local police agency. They are not believed to be violent. However RCMP advise the public not to approach the pair, and to dial 911 if spotted.

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