Courtice couple facing charges in relation to lottery fraud targeting seniors

A Courtice couple is facing numerous charges after they allegedly aided in a lottery fraud scheme targeting elderly victims across Canada.

According to the DRPS, the victims in the case received a telephone call where the caller claimed they had won cash and a vehicle in the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes.

“The victims were instructed to send money to the couple before the winnings could be released. Eleven victims across Canada have been identified at this point,” reads a media release.

Police launched an investigation in early 2020, executing a search warrant last week.

“The investigation has determined the suspects have been actively participating in the scheme since early 2018. Investigators want to ensure there are no other victims,” the media release reads.

Police are remiding residents that it is illegal in Canada for a lottery organization to charge a fee before the prize can be claimed.

“Lottery winnings in Canada are tax free; lottery winnings in the U.S.A. are taxed,” the release reads.

Generally, you must be a resident of the province/state to which the lottery is registered in order to claim winnings. For instance, a resident of Ontario cannot claim a lottery based in another province or U.S.A. state unless that lottery is licensed in the Province of Ontario.

John Perk, 78, and Pharolyn Perk, 75, both of Tooley Road in Courtice, have been charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offense; participation/contributing to a criminal organization; two counts of fraud over $5,000; three counts of fraud under $5,000; possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000; and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.

John Perkis facing addition charges of two counts of fraud over $5,000 and two counts of utter forged document.

Both were released on an Undertaking.

Anyone with new information about the investigation is asked to the lead investigator at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5356.

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