New Westminster – On December 7th 2015, members of the NWPD Patrol Division responded to an apartment building in the 100 block of 7th Street to keep the peace while a Bailiff Service executed a Writ of Possession. The Bailiff Service served several eviction notices, and in course of their duties they located a number of suspicious devices believed to be for fraudulently producing credit cards and identification.
As a result of the discovery, the NWPD Major Crime Unit assisted, and obtained a search warrant. After an extensive investigation, on March 4th 2016, 42 year-old New Westminster residents Shane Douglas Farnsworth and 31 year-old Sylwia Paulina Przybylska, who were already in custody for different offenses, were charged with the following offenses:
- Possessing another person’s identity intending to commit a criminal offense, section 402.2(1) of the Criminal Code;
- Mail theft, section 356(1)(a) of the Criminal Code;
- Possession of a key for opening a Canada Post mailbox, section 356(1)(a.1) of the Criminal Code;
- Possession of an instrument intended for copying, forging, or falsifying credit cards, section 342.01(1) of the Criminal Code;
- Forged credit cards, section 342(1)(c) of the Criminal Code; and
- Fraudulently use credit card data, section 342(3) of the Criminal Code.
Ms. Przybylska has been charged with an additional offense of: Possessing various credit cards obtained by an offense, section 342(1)(c) of the Criminal Code.
“Offenses like these negatively affect the entire community,” stated Media Relations Officer Acting Sergeant Jeff Scott. “Credit card fraud and identify theft is an invasive crime that can create significant problems for both businesses and individuals. We encourage residents to periodically check their credit card reports, bank and credit card statements and report any irregularities.”