Kamloops Mounties nab Russians suspected in string of frauds
Kamloops Mounties are asking local businesses to check their records for two distinct names — Peter Shpendelman and Maksim Ivanov — after a trio of Russians was arrested for alleged retail frauds on Thursday, July 5.
The three men were taken into custody at Lansdowne Village after staff at London Drugs called police to report suspicious behaviour.
Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Gary Senner said investigators subsequently found bogus credit cards — bearing the Shpendelman and Ivanov monikers — in the possession of the suspected crooks.
The men, who Senner described as being "of Russian descent," are suspected in a string of frauds in Vernon, Kelowna and Osoyoos.
They were apparently driving around the Interior in a 2002 gray Acura.
Now, Senner said, business owners should get in touch if the names Shpendelman or Ivanov ring a bell.
"RCMP are asking that if anyone has had business transactions where credit was extended where these names were used to contact the Kamloops RCMP," he said.
Anyone who thinks they were duped can call Mounties at 250-828-3000.