A Newfoundland and Labrador girl has been charged with fraud and identification theft, simply days after CBC Investigates reported on alleged pet scams victimizing individuals throughout Canada.

Brittany Osborne, 25, was arrested Friday and appeared in provincial courtroom Saturday.

In line with courtroom paperwork, Osborne is going through a complete of 24 costs, together with defrauding individuals of a whole lot of {dollars} and falsely promoting kittens and canines on Kijiji.

She can be charged with possessing the identification of Natalie Lenstra, together with her Canadian Kennel Membership registration and Canadian passport, which police say have been “supposed for use to commit the indictable offence of fraud.”

On Thursday, CBC Investigates reported on the claims of a number of individuals who mentioned they paid a whole lot of {dollars} in e-transfers for puppies they by no means obtained.

They mentioned they’d positioned “canine needed” advertisements on Kijiji after which obtained a response from a girl claiming to have the pet they have been in search of.

The victims despatched deposits of between $150 and $500 every.

After the deposits have been despatched, some individuals mentioned they requested to do a video chat so they might see their new canine, however they have been met with radio silence.

Two canine breeders, together with Lenstra, mentioned their identities had been compromised as a part of these alleged scams.

Lenstra informed CBC Investigates that she had spoken to about 35 individuals who say they have been victimized, dropping between $150 and $700 every.

Osborne can be charged with resisting an RCMP officer by allegedly destroying proof associated to a felony investigation.

She can be accused of breaching a earlier courtroom order that barred her from accessing on-line marketplaces like Kijiji.

Osborne has been remanded in custody and can seem in courtroom for a bail listening to on Monday.

The RCMP are additionally anticipated to launch extra particulars subsequent week.

Learn extra from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador


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