Ontario Cannabis Store tip leads to arrest of two Ottawa men in alleged fraud scheme

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The Ottawa Police Service said Tuesday that two men have been arrested for allegedly trying to buy cannabis with stolen credit cards.

Police say they received a call from the Ontario Cannabis Store’s resource protection department about the use of stolen credit cards that were used on the store’s online website.


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Following an investigation, two men were arrested on Dec. 10. Hassan Mokdad, 23, and Ali Zeineddine, 21, have both been charged with several theft-related crimes.

Mokdad is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23, and Zeineddine is scheduled for Jan. 24.

According to a statement released by OCS, the majority of the transactions were able to be stopped before they could be completed.


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“OCS is committed to preventing cannabis from being obtained through criminal means and ensuring that youth and the community are protected,” said the organization in a statement.

The Ottawa Police Fraud Unit continues to investigate.

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