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Police make arrest in Listowel bank fraud case

PERTH COUNTY – The Perth County OPP have arrested a man accused of conducting fraudulent transactions at a Listowel bank earlier this year.

Police say the Listowel incident occurred on May 21 around 11 a.m. A man provided identification to personnel at the bank and performed multiple transactions totalling approximately $40,000.

It was later determined that the man had stolen a person’s identity and the transactions were found to be fraudulent.

On June 11, police were contacted by staff at the bank after the suspect had attended their Exeter branch. Staff at the Exeter bank became suspicious and sent the man away. It was learned that the same man had an appointment at the Mitchell branch that same day.

Perth County OPP and the Perth County Crime Unit attended the Mitchell branch and arrested the suspect.

Charged is 48-year-old Ivan Lauc of Toronto. He has been charged with three counts of fraud over $5,000, three counts of personation with intent (identity fraud), possession of a forged document with intent, and fail to comply with a probation order.

Lauc accused was released to another jurisdiction, who had an outstanding warrant for their arrest. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Stratford at a later date to answer to the charges.