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August 12, 2022 Media Release

2022 Winnipeg Police Service Public Opinion Survey

Every two years, a public opinion telephone survey is conducted through an independent agency to ask citizens about their view of the Winnipeg Police Service and their opinions about crime and public safety in Winnipeg. This year, on behalf of the Winnipeg Police Board, interviewers from PRA Inc, an independent market research firm, will randomly call individuals in all areas of Winnipeg beginning August 15th, 2022 to complete the 15 minute survey. 

Citizens can be assured the survey is legitimate. Interviewers will ask for general demographic information (age, gender, postal code), but will never request personal identifiers such as banking information, street address, or Social Insurance Number.

Once complete, the results of the survey will be made public and posted on both the Winnipeg Police Board and Winnipeg Police Service websites.
   
On behalf of the Board, the Winnipeg Police Service thanks all those who take the time to participate in the survey.

“Grandparent Scam” – Arrests: C22-161861

On July 28, 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a public advisory in response to an increase in "grandparent scams" targeting the elderly.
 
Update:
 
The Financial Crimes Unit continued its investigation and identified two female suspects believed to be involved. On July 29, assisted by officers of the East District Community Support Unit, investigators arrested both suspects in the 1100 block of Sommerville Avenue without incident.
 
Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of Somerville Avenue and located evicence linking the suspects of the offences. During ten days, the suspects defrauded nine seniors for approximately $100,000.
 
Vanessa Fatima ALVES DASILVA, 18, of North York, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:
 
- Fraud Over $5,000 x 6
- Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Forgery
- Use a Forged Document
 
Gabriella Edith Marie PARADIS, 25, of Walpole Island, Ontario, has been charged with the following offences:
 
- Fraud Over $5,000 x 2
- Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
 
The victims and the suspects were not previously known to one another.
 
The Financial Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation.
 
As previously released:
 
The Winnipeg Police Service has recently seen a significant increase in local "grandparent scam" (also known as "emergency scam") reports – including 15 incidents over the past six days, with about $100,000 in losses.
 
The Financial Crime Unit is investigating these incidents.
 
The "grandparent scam" often involves an actor calling an elderly person and claiming to be a grandchild who is in serious legal trouble and needs money immediately. The caller sometimes cries, and there is often urgency and secrecy around the demands.
 
In October 2021, the Winnipeg Police Service issued a cautionary media release in response to an increase in "grandparent scams" targeting the elderly.
 
This release was followed up in March 2022, when it was discovered that the scam had escalated to the point where couriers or rideshare drivers were physically attending the victim's residence to collect funds – rather than relying on an online transfer.  
 
An example of the scam, as seen in recent local incidents, occurs as follows:
 
A caller will claim to be a nephew, niece or grandchild – and sometimes provides the first name. They then claim to have been involved in an accident (such as a collision with a vehicle).
 
They then claim to have been arrested and jailed. The phone is passed to another actor who claims to be a lawyer and can come off as very professional.
 
The victim is told that money is needed for bail; otherwise, the family member will continue to be jailed. They are also told that a "gag order" has been put in place by a judge and that they cannot discuss the matter with anyone, including other family members or the bank.
 
Instructions are given to the victim to inform the bank that the money will be used for home repairs or something similar.
 
The victim is given a phone number to call, or the fraudster calls back soon after.
 
Once the money is obtained, the victim is told a bondsperson will attend their home. This fictitious bondsperson will attend the residence and take the cash – completing the scam.
 
There may be additional attempts to retrieve money from the victim over the following days.
 
Warning signs – How to protect yourself:
 
Knowledge is critical when it comes to preventing these frauds.
 
- The police and courts will never send someone to your house to collect money.
 
- The police and courts, including lawyers, will never tell you to lie to the bank about the purpose of obtaining money.
 
- These scammers will pressure people to act quickly before they have time to consider what they are doing or agreeing to. Always talk to a trusted person before providing personal information or funds, especially if it is an unsolicited call.
 
- We urge people to converse with their elderly relatives regarding this fraud.
 
- If you receive a call like this, please contact the police immediately.
 
If you have been victimized by the "grandparent scam":
 
If you have been a victim of fraud, document all the information you can recall about your fraudulent transaction, e.g. receipts, copies of emails, text messages and courier companies.
 
It is also crucial that you report the fraud – doing so can help you possibly recover any loss, and it helps protect the community from future frauds and scams.
 
Information on how to report the "grandparent scam" can be found here: https://www.winnipeg.ca/police/TakeAction/frauds_scams.stm#report
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

Drug Trafficking Investigation – Arrests: C22-181232

Beginning in August 2022, the Winnipeg Police Service’s Guns & Gangs Unit conducted an investigation involving the trafficking of methamphetamine within the City of Winnipeg.

On August 11, 2022, the Guns & Gangs Unit observed four suspects operating a stolen 2014 Cadillac ATS in the 400 block of Marion Street. Officers placed four adults under arrest and seized the following items from the vehicle:

- 53 grams of Methamphetamine (Estimated Street Value = $2,100 to $2,650
- 2 grams of Fentanyl (Estimated Street Value = $360 - $400)
- 2 grams of Cocaine (Estimated Street Value = $160 - $200)
- Digital Scales
- Score Sheets
- Cell Phones

With the assistance of the Tactical Support Team and officers from the East District, the Guns and Gangs Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 Block of Marion Street and seized the following items:

-  2.8 grams of Methamphetamine (Estimated Street Value = $112 - $140)
- Unused Packaging Materials
- 12 Guage double barrel shotgun
- Digital Scales
- Score Sheets

Bryden Joel JONASSON, 28, of Winnipeg, has been charged with the following offences:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Fail to Comply with Condition of Release Order x 2
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
- Warrant x 2 (RCMP)

He was detained in custody.

A 25-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations

She was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

A 25-year-old male from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Operate of a Conveyance While Prohibited by Order Under Criminal Code

He was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

A 35-year-old female from Winnipeg is facing the following charges:

- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
- Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
- Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon Contrary to Regulations
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 2

She was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-181351

On August 11, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., members of the North District Community Support Unit observed an adult male operating a bicycle in breach of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) in the 500 block of Pritchard Avenue.

Officers attempted to stop the male; however he fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit, officers arrested the uncooperative male and placed him in custody.

The male was found to be in possession of the following items:

- Loaded Taurus G2C 9 mm Handgun with obliterated serial number
- Magazine containing several rounds
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Approximately $3,200 in currency

A  21-year-old male from Winnipeg has been charged with the following offences:

- Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
- Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
- Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
- Resist Peace Officer

He was released on an Undertaking as mandated by the Criminal Code.

Weapons – Arrest: C22-181032

On August 11, 2022, at approximately 8:00 a.m., officers from the North District observed a wanted male at the intersection of Andrews Street and Flora Avenue. The adult male suspect was also believed to have a rifle in his possession.

Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect; however, he promptly fled on his bicycle. After a short distance, the strap from the duffle bag he was carrying became entangled in his front bicycle wheel, causing him to crash to the ground when the bicycle abruptly stopped.

Officers safely placed him under arrest on the strength of the Warrant and, as they did so,  observed a sawed-off rifle in plain view protruding from the duffle bag the suspect had been carrying.

Clinton WIRFFEL, 37, of Winnipeg, is charged with the following offences:

- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
- Carrying Concealed Weapon Prohibited Device or Ammunition
- Possession of Firearm, Restricted/Prohibited Weapon or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order x 4
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order
- Warrant – Fail to Comply with Probation Order

He has been detained in custody.


Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
Constable Dani McKinnon, Public Information Officer
Constable Claude Chancy, Public Information Officer
Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

Office: 204-986-3061
E-mail: WPS-PIO@winnipeg.ca