OTTAWA - A jury convicted four men Wednesday who leached away $577,000 from two ING customers.
Ahmed Adam, 38, the inside man, set the wheels in motion for the gang to siphon $497,000 from an 80-year-old Toronto senior in 2009.
He also set up a 42-year-old Montreal man for a $80,000 take.
Ayman Bondok, 37, impersonated the octogenarian to hook in a third-party account so they could switch out the funds.
And Mohamed Bondok and Max Alexis each got a portion of the Montreal man’s money.
Mohamed Bondok was acquitted of fraud, but convicted of money laundering and possessing the proceeds of crime; the others were convicted of fraud and conspiracy charges.
The older victim fell afoul of the fraudsters when he made a routine call about his bank balances in September 2009.
Eventually, he found himself talking to a man at ING’s Ottawa call centre.
He made “one mistake, and one mistake only,” prosecutor John Semenoff said at the trial’s opening: He told Adam his PIN.
“Oh, I shouldn’t have told you that,” the elder man said, realizing his error, on a tape of the call played in court.
Armed with the victim’s information, Ayman Bondok started calling in to ING, pretending to be the victim.
Soon, Bondok had $497,000 transferred to a third-party account.