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Trio arrested by Lethbridge Police for alleged bank frauds

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Lethbridge Police have arrested three travelling criminals who they say came to southern Alberta with the sole purpose of committing fraud.

Last week, LPS say a fraud took place at the Scotiabank in Picture Butte and as a result, Scotia locations in the area were put on alert.

It’s alleged a women went into the University Drive branch on the west side and tried taking over an account there using the same photo for ID, but with a different name used in Picture Butte.

Staff realized what was happening right away and called police.

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Further investigation determined the woman was wanted on more than 90 outstanding charges in several provinces.

44 year old Annie Cousineau of Montreal is facing numerous charges, including attempted fraud and using a forged document. Two men, 24 year old Jeff Augustin of Montreal and 22 year old Nickolson Lamarre of Calgary are also facing fraud-related charges.

All are scheduled to appear in court in the next few days.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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