Officers were notified Thursday after a southeast bank discovered and reported the theft of three bank drafts, stolen over the week, said Constable Tanya Bertulli with the economic crimes unit.
The bank told police they suspected a staff member — a customer service representative who had worked at the financial institution since September 2014 — was responsible and that approximately $255,000 had been stolen.
It’s believed the stolen drafts were then taken to a northeast casino, converted into casino chips, then converted back to cash, Bertulli said.
“We believe he had intention to leave the country,” she added. “We needed to deal with this as soon as we could.”
With the help of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, the United States Secret Service, and the Calgary Police Service airport unit, the man was located and arrested at his southeast Calgary home later that day.
He was identified as Simbarashe Godfrey Nzvimbo, 29, of Zimbabwe. He has since been charged with three counts of uttering a forged document, one count of fraud over $5,000 and one count of money laundering.
Nzvimbo is expected to appear in court on Friday.
He allegedly acted alone and is the only one charged in this case, Bertulli said.
She added she could not comment on his immigration status.
Bertulli said she believes the casino accepted the drafts believing they were genuine, but emphasised it’s always a good idea to take identification and do as many checks as possible to confirm they are legitimate.-Canadian Papers