Charges Laid In Fraud Investigation

Friday September 27th, 2019

Posted at 2:50pm


Windsor Police have laid charges in a fraud investigation.

Police say that around 5:30pm on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 they were called to a report of a fraud in progress at a bank located in the 3100 block of Howard Avenue.

It was reported the suspect was attempting to wire-transfer a large sum of money to an account in another country. A bank employee became suspicious of the transaction and suspected the male was attempting a fraud while using fake identification. It was confirmed the account the suspect was attempting to transfer money from did not belong to him.
The male suspect left the bank on foot, and a description was obtained, and police were able to locate the suspect quickly.

The suspect was arrested without incident, and the fraudulent identification presented to the bank was seized. The suspect was also in possession of personal information belonging to the victim.

Through investigation, the true identity of the suspect was obtained and confirmed.

Officers continued the investigation and learned that on September 18th, 2019 the suspect was successful in transferring a large sum of money to an out-of-country account from the same account he attempted to transfer money from the following day.

James McGowan, a 63-year-old male from Montreal, is charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000, five counts of possessing identity document of another person, two counts of utter forged document, two counts of personation and identity theft.

Investigators believe there is a potential for other victims and would like to remind the public to be vigilant with keeping an eye on banking transactions.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Windsor Police Service at 519-255-6700 ext. 4330, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at


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