Fake travellers cheques passed
Last Wednesday, a Fort Frances financial institute received fraudulent American Express travellers cheques in $500 denominations.
The institute was aware these cheques were fake prior to dispersing any cash and notified the Fort Frances OPP.
An investigation revealed a local resident received the cheques in the mail from an “online friend” they had met in the United States.
The investigation is ongoing.
The OPP would like to remind people to always be careful when on the Internet. “ Online friends” are still strangers that you should be cautious about.
In other police news, a 24-year-old Stanjikoming First Nation man was arrested last Thursday after a short vehicle pursuit through town.
OPP officers on Wright Avenue observed the man driving a pickup truck. He driver had outstanding warrants for his arrest for failing to attend court and mischief under $5,000.
The man failed to pull over for police and a pursuit ensued, ending at a dead end on Eighth Street. He then fled on foot but subsequently was captured by police.
He was remanded into custody and now faces additional charges of dangerous driving, flight from police, escaping lawful custody, and breach of undertaking.