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Wrong turn leads to arrests

Making a wrong turn at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie turned out to be a big mistake for two alleged fraudsters.

After a vehicle made the wrong turn on Thursday, three men were sent for inspection by Canadian Border Services, where it was discovered they were in possession of several pieces of fraudulent identification and credit cards, as well as property purchased with stolen credit card data.

The NRP’s Centralized Fraud Unit found the purchase was made with a credit card embossed with fraudulent information which didn’t match the financial institution of the card.

Other cards were found to be fraudulently forged with different numbers with magnetic stripe data that didn’t match.

As a result, 38-year-old Christopher Otorro was charged with five counts of possession of identity documents, possession of a falsified credit card, possession of property obtained by crime, fraud under $5,000 and failure to comply with recognizance.

Also charged is 27-year-old Cody Lacey, with two counts of identity theft.

The third man has not been charged.

Both males were held in custody for a bail hearing, police said.

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