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Accused online fraudsters hit with more than 160 charges

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Two people are facing more than 160 charges in connection with what the police describe as a series of online marketplace frauds.

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Police in Edmonton began investigating after receiving complaints between May 2020 and September 2021.

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They say a suspect responded to an online ad on Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji and, due to the pandemic, asked the seller to bring the item to a specified address for a contactless delivery.

The seller would then bring the item to the address and wait for an e-transfer that would never come.

“These accused took advantage of many people during an already tense and stressful time, and we are pleased that we are able to hold them accountable,” said Edmonton Police Services Staff Sergeant Ahmed Alkarout.

Police estimate there have been about 70 such incidents that have together involved more than $190,000 worth of property.

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Rewan Sadullah, 21, and Corbin Budd, 21, were arrested on Sept. 12 and are facing a combined total of 163 charges, including fraud under $5,000, fraud over $5,000, identity theft, extortion and uttering a forged document.

Shukri Sadullah, 47, Perwin Sadullah, 42, Ravink Sadullah, 23, and Redar Sadullah, 21, were all also arrested and are each facing one charge of possession of stolen property.

Police advise using EPS Buy and Sell Exchange Zones to meet online buyers and sellers.

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