Joint operation by RCMP and Lethbridge police results in charges against 3 people

KALGARI – A group of three people have been charged in connection with an investigation into fraud and stolen property that involved several locations in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan.

The RCMP and the Lethbridge Police Service launched an investigation into reports of multiple frauds between April 19 and June 8.

On June 23, authorities conducted surveillance of a group of people believed to be involved in the operation. That afternoon, police stopped a vehicle driven by one of the suspects on Highway 3 near Grassy Lake.

While one of the residents was arrested for possession of stolen property, the other two suspects fled the scene in a truck pulling a closed trailer.

Officials say the trailer was left in the middle of Highway 877, while the truck was later seen in the town of Fremst.

When police moved in to try to stop the truck, the suspects fled into a nearby coulee, where they later left the vehicle.

“RCMP Police Dog Services participated in and located a man hiding in a field nearby. (RCMP Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit) members located the other man walking in the city Excellent. Both men were arrested without further incident,” said officials.

Following the arrests, police seized a stolen 2020 Dodge 3500 Bighorn truck as well as a stolen license plate.

Prescription drugs, suspected gamma-hydroxybutirate (GHB), methamphetamine and Psilocybin (fungi) were also located and seized.

Police are also looking through the contents of the accompanying trailer, which they say contained hundreds of stolen items.

The suspects, Mark Paul Boivin, 38, without a permanent address, Nathan Thomas Roscovich, 33, without a permanent address, and Denise Rae Larouche, 41, of Beaver County, Alta., Are jointly charged with:

  • Possession of stolen property over $ 5,000;

  • Possession of stolen property under $ 5,000;

  • Nine counts of fraud over $ 5,000 and;

  • Three cases of fraud under $ 5,000.

Police also say Boivin and Larouche are both accused of two possessions for human trafficking, while Boivin and Roscovich together are accused of flying from a peace officer and accident under $ 5,000.

All three suspects face the following individual charges:

Larouche

  • Possession of a controlled substance.

Boivin

  • Possession of a controlled substance for trafficking in human beings

  • Pronounce a forged document and;

  • Operation of transport while prohibited.

Roscovich

  • Possession of a controlled substance for human trafficking and;

  • Possession of a weapon that is dangerous to the public.

Larouche has been released on $ 600 bail and is scheduled to appear in Taber Provincial Court on August 10.

Boivin and Roscovich were detained in custody and are scheduled to appear in Taber Provincial Court on August 10.

“The RCMP Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (SACRU) would like to thank both the Taber and Bow Island RCMP departments for their help and the citizens of the future for their incredible amount of help they provided to RCMP members to help locate both individuals.”

Officials say once the investigation of the rest of the stolen property is completed, it will likely result in additional charges.

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