Police bust counterfeit ID operation
Halifax man faces 108 fraud-related charges
By STEVE BRUCE Court Reporter
A Halifax man faces 108 charges of fraud, forgery and identity theft after police seized a number of counterfeit ID cards bearing other people's names and the equipment needed to produce them.
Jonathan David DeYoung, 26, was arrested Friday night, when members of the Halifax Regional Police-RCMP integrated financial crime unit searched his apartment at 2677 Gladstone St.
Inside the residence, officers allegedly found numerous fake pieces of identification such as Ontario driver's licences, Ontario health cards and social insurance cards.
Police also seized computers, scanning equipment, a thermal printer, an ultraviolet light, blank ID cards and Ontario government holograms.
The 108 charges against DeYoung include making false documents, affixing a counterfeit mark to documents, possession of identity information for a fraudulent purpose, fraudulently impersonating someone else with intent to gain advantages, possession of a machine or instrument intended to be used in forging a trade-mark and possessing a counterfeit mark for a document. The offences are alleged to have committed between May 1 and Oct. 22.
According to court documents, DeYoung allegedly produced bogus ID cards containing the identity information of at least 11 people from Ontario.
“We've recovered a number of identities we believe have been compromised,” Drover told reporters. “There's additional evidence that we've recovered that suggests there are actually several more. So we are in the process of notifying those people.”
Crown attorney Catherine Cogswell said another 50 to 100 criminal counts could be laid against him by then, and that another person could be charged as well.
Judge Michael Sherar ordered DeYoung to return to court Thursday. In the meantime, he'll be held at the Dartmouth jail.
DeYoung, a 2006 graduate of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, operates a Halifax company called High Impact Promotions. The company has run an event called the World's Largest Pub Crawl in the city since 2007.
While studying at St. F.X., he started up a website that allowed university students across the country to sell used textbooks to one another.
DeYoung hammed it up for the cameras as he was escorted into court Monday.
“Just a little vacation,” he said of his legal difficulties.
“The World's Largest Pub Crawl 2011 will be bomb.”