Charges laid in fraud and mail theft investigation in Surrey

THREE individuals have been charged with fraud and mail theft-related offences stemming from a lengthy investigation by the Surrey RCMP Property Crime Target Team (PCTT).

On January 27, the Surrey RCMP PCTT began a pro-active investigation targeting mail theft. The investigation expanded to include incidents of mail theft in other jurisdictions and culminated in search warrants for three locations in Delta and Burnaby, that were executed on February 25.

During the execution of the search warrants, officers located a large quantity of allegedly stolen mail and equipment used to manufacture fraudulent cheques and credit cards.

On May 21, charges were laid against Cody and Juanita McNeil and Neil McRae, for possession of stolen mail, identity cards, and forged documents.

“This was a complex investigation that involved the review and processing of a large number of exhibits seized from multiple locations,” said Staff-Sgt. Ryan Element, acting Proactive Enforcement Officer. “Knowing the negative impact that identity theft and fraud has on victims, we’re pleased our work resulted in charges being approved.”

Anyone that has any information about the investigation, to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if they wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or