Adebowale Adiatu has been arrested by police in Peel whilst Akinrinade has been declared wanted after going on the run.
According to Peel police, the pair run their scam between June and December 2021. The two suspects allegedly misrepresented themselves as employees of travel agencies based out of the United Kingdom to secure access to an online booking portal belonging to a “major European airline.”
Police allege the two people fraudulently sold valid plane tickets to unsuspecting customers while collecting the payments for themselves.
More than 250 airline tickets were sold at a total value of approximately $500,000, police allege.
“The majority of the customers who purchased the tickets were from the Calgary area and the flights were primarily to Africa,” Peel police said in a news release Thursday.
Adiatu was charged with Fraud Over $5,000, Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime following his arrest.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Gbemisola Akinrinade on charges including Obtain by False Pretense, Unlawful Use of a Computer, Fraud Over $5,000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence, and Fraud Under $5,000.
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