65 more charges laid in fraud investigation involving Surrey care aide

SURREY RCMP announced on Thursday that additional charges have been laid in relation to an ongoing investigation into a care aide who was allegedly defrauding elderly victims.

On June 29, 2022, Richmond RCMP received a report that a wallet was stolen from a 96-year-old man’s residence in Richmond. Credit and debit cards from the wallet were being fraudulently used in Surrey and Delta.

Surrey RCMP Financial Crime Unit took conduct of the investigation and identified a suspect. The suspect, an in home care aide, had been hired to assist with caring for the elderly man. It is alleged the suspect stole the wallet and fraudulently used debit and credit cards.

On July 22, 2022, an arrest warrant was issued for 30-year-old, Ana Marie Lat Chamdal of Surrey. Chamdal was charged with fraud over $5,000, possession/use of a stolen credit card, two counts of using a forged document, identity theft, personation with intent to gain advantage and breach of undertaking.

On July 27, 2022, Chamdal was arrested and brought before a judge who released her on court imposed conditions.

The Financial Crime Unit has continued to work on the case, identifying additional victims and securing evidence to support further charges.

On January 30, 65 more charges were laid against Chamdal and a warrant was issued for her arrest. Some of the charges laid include fraud over $5,000, unlawfully in a dwelling house, assault, theft of credit cards and possession of a forged document. The new charges are in relation to 19 victims, with the majority of the alleged frauds occurring in Surrey.

Chamdal was arrested on February 1 in relation to the new charges. She remains in custody awaiting her next court appearance.