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RCMP officers from across the South Okanagan have worked together to conduct two large-scale fraud and theft investigations that have resulted in arrests.
In a news release, it was announced that on Aug. 12 Osoyoos RCMP were advised of a male who had gone to the USA Port of Entry at Osoyoos by mistake and was in possession of numerous fraudulent identifications as well as credit cards and electronics to make fraudulent credit cards.
The man was returned to Osoyoos and turned over to the Osoyoos RCMP for investigation.
An extensive investigation has revealed a trail of sophisticated frauds and identity thefts committed across Canada by the accused, Kuch Hengleap Khun, 37.
Khun is believed to be from Alberta and appears to have been living solely on funds obtained by fraud, said police.
Khun has been charged with identity theft and remains in custody since his arrest. He is expected to face several more charges. It does not appear that any victims of the accused’'s frauds or identity thefts are from the Okanagan, said police.
On August 20, Osoyoos RCMP, with the assistance of the Keremeos RCMP, arrested two males after they had fled from police while being stopped for driving in a dangerous manner near Osoyoos. They were stopped near Keremeos only after driving over a spike belt deployed by a member in Keremeos.
At the time of arrest the driver provided a false name and was in possession of fraudulent identification.
A search of the vehicle revealed hundreds of pieces of stolen mail, stolen identifications, fraudulently-made identifications, fraudulent credit cards and electronic equipment to make fraudulent identification, said police.
The vehicle they were in was purchased by the driver using stolen identity in the name he first provided to police.
An extensive investigation revealed the true identity of the driver to be Nathaniel Dacles, 27, of of no fixed address. Dacles is believed to spend most of his time in Lower Mainland, said police.
Dacles had several warrants for his arrest out of the Lower Mainland which were primarily related to his involvement in frauds and identity thefts, said police.
The passenger, Michael White, 53, of Surrey, was on probation with conditions not to possess mail of any person other than himself.
Dacles has been charged with possession of identification documents, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, obstruction of justice and driving while prohibited. He remains in custody.
White has been charged with possession of identification documents and breach of probation. He appeared in court in Penticton and has been released on a recognizance.
It does not appear that any victims of these frauds or identity thefts are from the Okanagan, said police.