Waterloo Regional Police Uncover Suspected Identity Lab

Posted on Tuesday April 03, 2018

Waterloo Region, Ontario –  Waterloo Regional Police have arrested a Kitchener man after a lengthy investigation into Identity Fraud, Identity Theft and Stolen Credit Card Data.

On March 30, 2018, the Major Fraud Unit’s Organized Crime Team, along with the assistance of the Special Response Unit, Identification Branch and Tech Crimes Unit, executed a Criminal Code search warrant at a residence in the area of Fairway Road and Weber Street in Kitchener.

As a result of the search warrant, officers located a suspected Identity Lab and seized a large number of identification documents, credit and debit cards, blank credit cards, break-in instruments, hard drives, a debit machine and banking information.

The documents are suspected to have been stolen during break and enters to homes, as well as thefts from vehicles and mailboxes throughout Waterloo Region and surrounding areas. It’s believed the documents were then altered in the suspected Identity Lab and used to create fraudulent bank accounts and credit cards to generate financial gain.

Alex Leger, 37, has been charged with several offences, including Identity Theft, Identity Fraud, Possess Stolen Data, Use Stolen Data and Possession of Stolen Property. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service would like to remind community members to always keep their personal identification documents in a safe place. For tips on preventing fraud and identity theft, please visit www.wrps.on.ca.

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