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After his guilty plea, Gabriel Ménard recovered his freedom, but he will have to respect a two-year probation sentence, which includes a series of restrictive conditions.
Two other accomplices then came in person to collect the money, saying that they worked for a private mail delivery company.
The court's presentation of the facts revealed that two ladies from Laval agreed to pay respectively $4,900 and $5,000 to the group in the ;#x27;hoping to help a member of their family.
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El-Atat, 25, and Ménard, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of fraud over $5,000, conspiracy and impersonation.
The case of two other people arrested at the same time has not yet been heard.
On the day of their arrest, a search conducted by investigators from the General Crime Squad of the Laval police led to the seizure of nearly $14,000 in cash, 18 cell phones and four vehicles in criminal property.
The prosecutor of the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP), Me Gabriel Sénécal, clarified during the guilty plea that the money, protected in a bank account, will be used to reimburse the two eldest victims of the fraud.
Assad El-Atat, who was convicted in the United States in 2018 for fraud, received three months in prison. He headed to the cells after filing his plea. He played the role of the courier who had to collect the money in person.
His accomplice Gabriel Ménard was able to regain his freedom. Although he has no criminal history, he is subject to a two-year probationary period during which he will have to respect several conditions of release. He was the driver of the vehicle used to fraudulently collect money from the victims.
Unfortunately, the number of cases of grandparent-type fraud has seen a significant increase in Laval territory in recent years, despite several prevention campaigns.
Victims are 79 years old on average. According to police data, they are most often robbed of amounts ranging from $400 to $10,000.
Laval police remind that victims who withdrew money of their own free will are held responsible by their financial institution under the law.
No possibility of reimbursement is possible in almost the majority of cases. It is therefore advisable to never give cash to a stranger.
Finally, it is strongly recommended not to hesitate to validate a request to withdraw money from those around you or the police services of your municipality.
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