International Investigation Nets Arrest in Extortion on Bradford Seniors 

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers have made an arrest following an international investigation into an extortion committed on an elderly Bradford couple.

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, around 2:00 p.m., the seniors received a call from an unknown female who threatened the victims with police action if they didn’t go to the bank and withdraw a sum of cash. The frightened couple complied. The female suspect then instructed the victims to leave the money outside their home located in the Holland Street West and Langford Boulevard area. A male suspect picked up the cash and fled on foot to a nearby waiting vehicle.

South Simcoe Police Service detectives determined the scam was linked to a European country. Following an exhaustive investigation involving the RCMP and policing authorities in Europe, South Simcoe Police executed a search warrant at a Toronto home on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and made an arrest.

34-year-old Valentino Vajda of Toronto was charged with the following offences:

 

Robbery

Extortion

Breach of probation

Possession of property obtained by crime

Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence

Fail to comply with recognizance

 

The accused was released with a future court date and conditions. Police seized a number of items during the search warrant. The victims and their family members were notified of the arrest and thanked police for their efforts.

The investigation is ongoing and police believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Ian Fenik at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141, ext. #1059, ian.fenik@southsimcoepolice.ca or contact Crime Stoppers.

South Simcoe Police Service wants to remind the public that online and telephone scams continue to impact the broader community. Scams and cybercrimes can touch anyone, anywhere, at any time. If you or a family member have been affected, report it to police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.  

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International Investigation Nets Arrest in Extortion on Bradford Seniors

(Bradford, ON) South Simcoe Police Service officers have made an arrest following an international investigation into an extortion committed on an elderly Bradford couple.

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, around 2:00 p.m., the seniors received a call from an unknown female who threatened the victims with police action if they didn’t go to the bank and withdraw a sum of cash. The frightened couple complied. The female suspect then instructed the victims to leave the money outside their home located in the Holland Street West and Langford Boulevard area. A male suspect picked up the cash and fled on foot to a nearby waiting vehicle.

South Simcoe Police Service detectives determined the scam was linked to a European country. Following an exhaustive investigation involving the RCMP and policing authorities in Europe, South Simcoe Police executed a search warrant at a Toronto home on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and made an arrest.

34-year-old Valentino Vajda of Toronto was charged with the following offences:

 

Robbery

Extortion

Breach of probation

Possession of property obtained by crime

Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence

Fail to comply with recognizance

 

The accused was released with a future court date and conditions. Police seized a number of items during the search warrant. The victims and their family members were notified of the arrest and thanked police for their efforts.

The investigation is ongoing and police believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Ian Fenik at 905-775-3311, 705-436-2141, ext. #1059, ian.fenik@southsimcoepolice.ca or contact Crime Stoppers.

South Simcoe Police Service wants to remind the public that online and telephone scams continue to impact the broader community. Scams and cybercrimes can touch anyone, anywhere, at any time. If you or a family member have been affected, report it to police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.  

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