On March 11, shortly after 9 a.m., members from the East Algoma OPP responded to a theft of gas from a local gas station in the town of Spanish, where a red SUV left going westbound on Highway 17.
An investigation determined a male paid for $35 worth of gas with two $20 dollar bills that were counterfeit. Police officers saw the suspect vehicle speeding at more than 135 km/hour on Highway 17 in the Township of the North Shore.
At 9:26 a.m., a traffic stop was initiated near the junction of Highway 17 and Birch Wood Circle, east of Blind River. The five occupants of the vehicle were arrested for the theft of fuel and possession of counterfeit money.
The vehicle was searched and police located suspected counterfeit money, credit cards, social insurance cards, Quebec driver’s licences and more than five grams of suspected marijuana. Numerous cell phones and laptop computers were also seized.
As a result of the investigation the driver, Kevens Agnant, 20, of Montreal was charged with theft under $5,000; possession of a credit card; fraud under $5,000; possession of counterfeit money; driving a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available; speeding; and failure to have an insurance card.
Wilky Vertus, 20, also of Montreal was charged with possession of a credit card; fraud under $5,000; and possession of counterfeit money.
A 17-year-old male from Montreal was charged with possession of a credit card; fraud under $5,000; and being a person under 19 years of age possessing cannabis. His name cannot be released due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Kateryn Desjardins, 19, of Repentigny, Que., was charged with two counts of counterfeiting mark-possess; and possession of counterfeit money.
Venessa Nguyen, 21, of Chateauguay, Que., was charged with possession of counterfeit money.
All five accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice by video in Blind River on March 12.