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Date:Tuesday, November 19,2019
Distribution: All Media

Canadian Man Appears in Magistrates' Court on Fraud Related Charges

Canadian National, Christopher Gosselin McMeel, appeared in Magistrates' Court this morning faced with eight (8) fraud related charges.

Mr. McMeel was charged with one count of possession of equipment used in making false credit cards, as well as seven counts of possession of false credit cards.

These seven counts pertained to seven of the 31 cards, which had inconsistent data on the magnetic strip.

Mr. McMeel pleaded guilty to possession of the equipment and five false credit cards. However, he pleaded not guilty to two counts pertaining to false data on the two other credit cards.

He was remanded in custody and will appear for mention on the 4th of December 2019.

Mr. McMeel was stopped by Customs Officers upon arrival at L.F. Wade International Airport on Friday, 15th November 2019.

Digital Forensics Officers from the Bermuda Police Service, played a significant role in the investigation which led to Mr. McMeel being brought before the courts.

ATM skimming has been a serious issue for the Criminal Investigation Unit of the Bermuda Police Service in recent months and indeed a strain on the local financial institution.

Most recently, Nikola Aleksandrov and Vladimir Vasilev, two Bulgarian nationals who were also apprehended at the airport after being stopped by Customs Officers, were sentenced to 14 months in prison for similar offences.

All incidents are under investigation. Police are appealing to members of the public who have witnessed these incidents or may have information pertaining to them to contact their respective Police Station, Police Headquarters at 295-0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers Hotline on 1 (800) 623-8477.

Public & Media Relations Department