Surrey RCMP bust man, woman, in “significant” fraud case

SURREY — A Surrey man and Delta woman are accused of defrauding credit card companies of nearly $350,000.

Dean Gallo, 32, of Surrey and Hannah Denman, 26, of Delta, are charged with fraud over $5,000 and possession of credit card data. Gallo has also been charged with possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm while prohibited.

Gallo remains in custody but Denman has been released on bail.

The investigation started on April 8 after a bank reported to police that one of their customer’s credit card accounts was compromised.

Surrey RCMP’s Economic Crime Unit on April 20 searched two residences, one in the 12500-block of 97th Avenue in Whalley and the other in the 13900-block of 74th Avenue in Newton, as well as a rented mail box. They seized $20,000 in property including a $10,000 bicycle, several computers, furniture and rare coins.

Cpl. Scotty Schumann said the computers had hundreds of credit card profiles on them.

Also seized were 250 stolen credit cards, 450 pieces of mail stolen from Surrey, Richmond and New Westminster, and a loaded shotgun.

“The amount of personal data that these two persons possessed was immense,” Schumann said. “The information the pair had collected was being sued to create credit cards for persons whose identities they’ve stolen.”

Schumann said the cards were then used to buy merchandise that was then sold for cash. “The proceeds from these fraudulent offences were being used in part to purchase drugs.

The Surrey RCMP’s website, at Surrey.rcmp.ca, has information on how to protect yourself against fraud.

Said Dan Weaver, of the Canadian Bankers Association, “A thief only needs a small amount of identification, as little as your name and date of birth, to start delving.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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