‘Ottawa’ Man Arrested with $130,000 in Counterfeit Cash at Airport
An Ottawa man is facing charges of smuggling more than $130,000 in counterfeit U.S. cash into the country after he was arrested at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport last week.
Christian-John Dhjarngbo, 36, of Ottawa, was charged with unlawful introduction of counterfeit money into Canada and unlawful custody of counterfeit money after his May 5 arrest.
Authorities with Canada Border Services Agency said the CBSA National Targeting Centre identified the traveller as he returned from Ghana, and a search allegedly turned up counterfeit bank notes concealed within the inner lining of three handbags.
The RCMP were called in to arrest Dhjarngbo, who is due to appear in court in Brampton for a bail hearing Wednesday.
“The RCMP is committed to working pro-actively with other domestic and international partners in a joint effort to counteract counterfeit activity,” said Sgt. Vance Morgan, the acting officer in charge of the RCMP’s GTA Financial Crime teams.
Dhjarngbo is listed as the director of Mississauga-based Kareplus Consultants, which according to federal corporation records was dissolved in 2007.
Dhjarngbo surfaced in Australia in November, 2007, where he was convicted of fraud in a so-called “black money scam.”
According to the Brisbane Times, which covered his trial, Dhjarngbo and another associate defrauded a local shopkeeper out of $30,000, and scammed an additional $25,000 from another local business before being caught by police.
According to the Brisbane Times, Dhjarngbo and his associate convinced the owners of a kebab store that they had millions in cash to invest in the store, but the bills were covered by a special black security coating. They required the shop owners to pay in advance for a special solution to remove the coating.
Dhjarngbo and his associate provided a demonstration, revealing a $100 bill under the coating, and managed to get away with $30,000 before the owners realized the blackened “cash” they were left holding was in fact black cardboard.
Dhjarngbo was convicted on fraud charges and handed a three year sentence by Chief Judge Patsy Wolfe, who, according to the Brisbane Times, chided the pair for the “complicated” and “childish” scam.