Two accused of selling thousands of dollars worth of fake jewellery at Highway 401 service station in Quinte West

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Two suspects have been charged after allegedly selling thousands of dollars worth of fake gold jewellery at a Highway 401 service station in Quinte West.

Police explain that on April 18, at approximately 1:30 a.m., Quinte West OPP learned victim was defrauded of over $3,700 at a service station on Highway 401.

The victim was reportedly approached by the accused, who claimed to be selling gold jewellery. After spending $3,735 on rings and chains, the victim advised they wished to purchase more, leaving the service station with the agreement the accused would follow them to a destination where the victim could retrieve more funds.

However, after more closely inspecting the purchased jewellery, the victim became suspicious and contacted OPP; the accused were still following their vehicle at this time.

Officers conducted a traffic stop on Glen Miller Road, Quinte West, and as a result of the investigation two individuals were arrested, resulting in a further $3,116 cash, 9.8oz of fake gold jewellery and five counterfeit Apple Air Pods being confiscated.

Sergiu Oinescu, 43 years old, from Scarborough, has been charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 – in Canada
  • Fraud under $5,000

Ionela Boceanu, 42 years old, from Scarborough, has been charged with Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over $5,000 – in Canada.

Charges have not been proven in court.

Both accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on May 16, 2024.

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