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Halton Police uncover CERB scam while investigating a 2021 shooting

Halton Police uncover CERB scam while investigating a 2021 shooting

It took a year and a half  but  Halton Regional Police Service  has made a pair of arrests in a targeted shooting in Oakville that took place more than a year ago..

Police were called to a residence located on The Greenery in northeast Oakville at approximately 2:40 am on March 27, 2021, for reports of gun shots fired in the area of the home.

Once on scene, police located a female victim who was taken to hospital with serious injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. The victim survived her injuries.

This shooting launched an extensive investigation by the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau that included numerous search warrants. During the investigation, police discovered a sophisticated, well-organized CERB/CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) fraud that spanned across the province.

On July 29, 2022, Justis Verrall (23) of Scarborough was arrested. She has been charged with counterfeiting, unauthorized possession of credit card data and forgery. Verrall was released from custody on an Undertaking.

On August 22, 2022, Sean Thomas (28) of Fenelon Falls was arrested. He has been charged with a string of firearms charges as well as the counterfeiting, forgery and credit card charges faced by Verrall. And a failure to comply with a release order. Thomas is behind bard pending a bail hearing.

Investigators are still searching for additional suspects in connection with this shooting.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2216.

 Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppersat 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

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