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 Post subject: Seven Canadain Sri Lankans arrested for Bank fraud
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:47 pm 
Seven Canadain Sri Lankans caught in scam dragnet

Charged with numerous fraud-related offences are Ganeshananthan Mahadevan, 36, Thuthikaran "Thuthy" Thurapalasingam, 26, Tharmaraj Nagularajah, 26, Thubaran Subas, 22, and Kishokanth Tharmapalan, 26, all of Toronto. The names of the other two men haven't been released, but all are scheduled to appear in a Toronto courtroom today. Scam involved debit, credit cards. Police are investigating to see if any of the funds were directed to the Tamil Tigers terror group.

@ Candian Agencies - 29/30 Aug 2006

TORONTO -- Customers who used their debit and credit cards at a popular burger outlet in north Mississauga since May might have had a lot more bite taken out of their bank accounts than expected.

"This was a highly organized and sophisticated ring," Det. Steve Craddock of 31 Division said yesterday. "We are interested in what the money was being used for."

Five men were arrested near Keele St.-Finch Ave. W. on Saturday. Craddock said two suspects were nabbed after a long footchase. Two more Sri Lankan men -- bringing the total charged to seven -- have been arrested by Toronto police.

Thousands of Mississauga residents may have fallen victim to a rigged machine in a fast-food outlet that skimmed off debit and credit card data, police say. The scam took place at a McDonald's restaurant inside a Wal-Mart store on Argentia Rd. near Winston Churchill Blvd.

A McDonald's spokesman said the scam took place in one of its outlets in a Mississauga Wal-Mart.

Police allege the accused had been using a hand-held debit scanner to illegally obtain PIN codes and credit-card information from customers.

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Once the data were obtained, it's alleged bogus bank and credit cards were created to steal money from unsuspecting customers.

Police investigators are now trying to determine how much money was stolen from bank accounts.

Det. Craddock said it's likely "thousands of dollars" were taken from unsuspecting customers' bank accounts.

Police are investigating to see if any of the funds were directed to the Tamil Tigers terror group.

The arrests came days after 13 suspected Tamil Tigers terrorists -- including six Canadians -- were nabbed in an RCMP-FBI sting allegedly trying to buy weapons.

Charged with numerous fraud-related offences are Ganeshananthan Mahadevan, 36, Thuthikaran "Thuthy" Thurapalasingam, 26, Tharmaraj Nagularajah, 26, Thubaran Subas, 22, and Kishokanth Tharmapalan, 26, all of Toronto. The names of the other two men haven't been released, but all are scheduled to appear in a Toronto courtroom today.


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