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Fake Gold Scammers Arrested

(QUINTE WEST, ON) – The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid charges following a complaint of two individuals selling fake gold jewellery.

On April 18, 2024, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Quinte West OPP received a complaint whereby the victim was defrauded of over $3700. The victim was approached by the accused, at a service station on the 401, selling gold jewellery. After spending $3735 on rings and chains, the victim advised they wished to purchase more, leaving the service station with the agreement the accused would follow them to a destination where the victim could retrieve more funds. Upon closer inspection of the purchased jewellery the victim contacted the OPP, whilst the accused were still following their vehicle. Officers conducted a traffic stop on Glen Miller Road, Quinte West, and as a result of the investigation two individuals were arrested, resulting in a further $3116 cash, 9.8oz of fake gold jewellery and five counterfeit Apple Air Pods being confiscated.

Sergiu OINESCU, 43 years old from Scarborough, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000 – in Canada
  • Fraud under $5000

Ionela BOCEANU, 42 years old from Scarborough, has been charged with Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5000 – in Canada

Both accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on May 16, 2024.