What cards do you always carry with you in your wallet?
Is your SIN (Social Insurance Number) card one of them?
After reading this story, maybe it won’t be!
Aaron Ogier, a Service Canada benefits officer, was in court Wednesday to face sentencing on fraud charges (his sentencing was adjourned to January 6).
Ogier used social insurance numbers, numerous bank accounts, and his computer access to collect $306,572 from the government.
His Employment Insurance scam saw the money deposited into nine President’s Choice bank accounts. It also turns out he was collecting EI benefits, despite the fact that he was working full time.
One of the identities Ogier assumed was obtained via a lost wallet.
Police interviewed the man, who explained that his wallet had contained his SIN card, and that the only people he’d given his number to was the bank, his employer, or the government (but not to collect EI).
Do you keep your SIN card in your wallet, or do you have that sucker memorized? What should never be kept in your wallet? Health card? Birth certificate? Bank statements?
The London Free Press contains the whole story HERE.