3 arrested for allegedly impersonating homeowners, selling Toronto property

By Lucas Casaletto

Three people are facing fraud charges after police allege they nefariously posed as the owners of a Toronto home and sold the property while the real owners were out of town.

Toronto police allege that two men and a woman impersonated the homeowners during the month of Jan. 2023 and “initiated the sale of the home by fraudulent means.”

Police said the home was eventually sold, and the men and woman collected the profits.

Financial Crimes Investigators became aware of the suspicious transaction, and police said they initiated an investigation into the suspected fraudulent activity.

On Thursday, the three individuals attended a bank in York Region to withdraw funds from the sale of the Toronto home, but with the assistance of York Regional Police, they were arrested at the scene.

Toronto police identified the three alleged culprits as 41-year-old Xue Wang of Markham, 22-year-old Xing Yu Lin and 22-year-old Ling Pan — both of Toronto.

Wang is facing several charges, including fraud exceeding $5,000, personating with intent to steal property, and uttering a forged document, among others. Lin and Pan were both charged with fraud of over $5,000.

The three accused are expected to appear in court on Jan. 30.

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