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OPP Report – Never drive impaired

OPP Report – Never drive impaired

Never Drive Impaired – Includes Motorcycles

Officers from Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment responded at 11:07 p.m. June 4, 2022 to a report of a motorcyclist who had crashed into the north bound ditch of Highway 400, Tay Township.

Officers located the lone operator at the scene with his motorcycle suffering from minor injuries and upon speaking with the operator an impaired driving investigation was commenced.

As a result, Liam Padraig FARRELL 27 years of Barrie has been charged with the following criminal code driving offences.

Operation while impaired – alcohol

Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration (80 plus)

The accused was released on a recognizance to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice  on June 23, 2022 and also faces a drivers licence suspension and vehicle impoundment as per the Ministry of Transportation (ADLS) guidelines.  The operator was also thankfully treated for only minor injuries at an area hospital.

Educating the public about safe driving practices with our community safety partners is a priority, if you see a possible impaired driver or operator please “Make the Call” and dial 911 and help prevent a crash. If you are heading out on the town or on the trails, please make a plan to get home safely.

OPP Marine Patrol Report for May 27- June 5, 2022

Marine officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  (OPP) were on patrol checking vessels and operators for equipment and impairment along the Tiny Township shoreline, Giants Tomb and up to Gloucester Pool area over the May 27- June 5, 2022 time period.

Officers issued three tickets for liquor violations and four for mariners not having sufficient lifejackets on their vessel and another five tickets for Canada Shipping Act violations. 112 vessels and their operators were checked for equipment and sobriety during the 70 hours of patrol that were provided to area waterways by OPP patrol vessels.

I Got Caught Wearing My Lifejacket

Marine officers remind boaters that wearing your lifejacket and especially young boaters, as it is a great way to help prevent a marine tragedy. Officers had the opportunity to reward some young boaters with a custom T-Shirt who got caught wearing their Lifejackets!


Members of the Collingwood & Blue Mountains Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have laid charges in connection to three separate impaired driving investigation in Collingwood.

On June 4, 2022, the Collingwood & Blue Mountains OPP initiated a traffic investigation on St Marie St in Collingwood. As a result of the roadside investigation, the driver was arrested for impaired operation – 80 plus. At the OPP Detachment, breath tests determined that she was over twice the legal limit.

As a result, Sophie DAMSA, 19 years of age, of Thornbury, has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – 80 plus
  • Driving under Suspension

All of the accused were served a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and their vehicles were impounded for seven days. They are all scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood, at a future date.

t an hour later, in a separate incident Collingwood & Blue Mountains OPP stopped a vehicle on Elm St, Collingwood for a traffic incident. The driver was arrested for Impaired operation – 80 plus.

Fraser CAMERON, 45 years of age, of Collingwood has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – 80 plus
  • Possession of a Schedule I substance

In the third incident, early morning of June 6, 2022 Collingwood & Blue Mountains OPP initiated a vehicle stop for traffic violations on First St, Collingwood. The male driver was found to be impaired by alcohol and was arrested. Breath tests determined that he was over twice the legal limit.

Bradley LANGLOIS, 22 years of age, of Wasaga Beach has been charged with:

  • Operation while impaired – 80 plus
  • Operation while impaired – alcohol and drug

All of the accused were served a 90-day Administrative Driver’s Licence Suspension and their vehicles were impounded for seven days. They are all scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood, at a future date.

CAFC and OPP Raise Awareness of Fraudsters Using Unsuspecting Victims as Money Mules to Launder Funds

The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police continues to work together with the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to raise awareness of current and ongoing frauds and scams in our communities.

Increasingly, fraud networks are recruiting unsuspecting fraud victims to receive and transfer money from other victims. When this happens, the victim becomes a money mule. With the sharp increase in reported frauds and the noticeable prevalence of money mules, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) wants to educate Canadians on the various frauds that utilize money mules, in addition to providing general awareness to prevent victimization.

What is a Money Mule?

A money mule is an individual who is recruited by fraudsters to serve as a middle person to transfer proceeds of crime funds. The mule may, or may not, be aware that they are a pawn in a larger network. When a mule moves money, it becomes difficult to identify the fraudsters from the victims.

The money is often transferred using bank wire transfers, email money transfers, money services businesses and virtual currencies. Typically, mules get paid for their services; receiving a small percentage of the money transferred. A money mule is used in the money laundering process, which is an offense under the Criminal Code of Canada (Section 462.31).

Variations of Money Mule Scams

Most reported scams to CAFC involve Money Mules at one point. The following scams are examples of how they work:

Job Scams

Victims are approached by suspects, most commonly, after posting their resume on a website. Job titles offered are often “payment processor” and “administrative assistant” among many others. Suspects will advise that your job duties include accepting payments from clients which are most commonly etransfers or cheques. In most cases, victims will then be asked to keep a small percentage of the payment and send the remaining amount via Bitcoin. In many cases, payments received are from other victims and by transferring these funds to criminals you become a money mule.

Prize Scams

Consumers are solicited over the phone, via email, text message, social media and regular mail and are advised they are the winner of a large lottery or sweepstakes. Prior to receiving any winnings, the consumers will be asked to pay an upfront fee. Consumers often send the payments to victims of other scams who are found to be money mules.

Money Mule 2

Romance Scams

Victims often use various payment methods (Bitcoin ATM, wire transfers, money service businesses, cryptocurrency, gift cards, etc.) to send funds to the romance fraudsters. Victims don’t realize that, in most cases, these funds are actually being sent to money mules. The suspect will gain the trust and affection of the victims over a lengthy period of time (months). The suspect will convince the victims they are an investor, engineer, in the military or someone prestigious. The suspect will use the goodwill of the victims to accept and send money using one or more of the various payment methods listed above. Often, the suspect will provide victims with a cell phone to communicate with them. The suspect will request that the victims open a bank account and to send the suspect a bank card. All of these steps are used to turn the victim into a money mule and involve them in the money laundering process.

Warning Signs – How to Protect Yourself

  • If you receive funds for any reason from an unknown individual or company, and you are asked to forward it elsewhere – DON’T!
  • Be aware of offers for employment from what appears to be a legitimate employer looking for a “Financial Officer”. The duties usually involve: collecting payments for the new employer, accepting funds into your personal bank account, and forwarding the money to a different country.
  • Victims of romance scams have been used as money mules as their “loved one” is working in a foreign country and needs help to collect funds.
  • Consumers that have won a fake lottery receive advance payments on their winnings. They are then asked to forward it to a “financial office” to cover fees or taxes.
  • Any request to conduct unusual or questionable transactions on behalf of a third party should be questioned.
  • Learn more tips and tricks for protecting yourself from fraud.
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