The Dryden Police Service have charged a Scarborough, Ontario woman following a lengthy investigation into a long-standing jewelry scam.
On September 9, the DPS received a call from a citizen that a female was trying to sell them jewelry that was allegedly 18-karat gold. The victim immediately recognized that the jewelry was worthless, and called police.
The DPS conducted a stop of the female and subsequently laid charges. The 41-year-old, Serenada Miclescu, is facing charges of fraud under $5,000 and possession of proceeds obtained by crime under $5,000. She was released on a cash bail to appear in Dryden court next month.
The DPS continues to warn the public of the jewelry scam occurring across the country. Police say that residents should not attempt to buy jewelry from anyone travelling through the area, and to immediately report anyone trying to sell the fake jewelry.
Anyone with any additional information into this incident is asked to call the DPS at 807-223-3281 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
In August, police in Dryden began investigating reports of two males reportedly from Dubai, driving a gold Pathfinder with possible Quebec Licence plates – approaching vehicles asking to trade jewelry for money.
Other reports said that a roughly 6’ Middle Eastern male with a female passenger – driving a brown/grey van – asking to trade jewelry for money, who say that they are travelling back to Toronto from holidays and have no money.
The Kenora OPP also warned residents of the scam happening in the area. It was first reported in the area in June.
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