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Man accused of attempting to fraudulently purchase a $107K luxury vehicle

Detectives say the accused attempted to use personation and forged identity documents to purchase the vehicle
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As a result of an investigation by the Niagara Regional Police, Central Fraud Unit, on Wednesday Dec. 11, 2019, police arrested a suspect who was attempting to complete the fraudulent purchase of a $107,000 luxury vehicle.  

Through their investigation, detectives identified the alleged attempted use of personation and the use of forged identity documents. 

Thirty-seven-year-old Philip Phioukham of the City of St. Catharines is facing the following alleged charges:

  • Fraud over $5,000
  • Identity fraud
  • Identity theft
  • Possession of identity documents

Phioukham was released on an officer in charge promise to appear (OIC-PTA) with a future court date.

Incidents of fraudulently purchased vehicles have been a recurring problem throughout the province. Dealers and lenders are encouraged to be vigilant and conduct thorough background checks to confirm the information provided to them is correct.