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A 42-year-old Ottawa man faces nearly 200 charges of identity fraud, defamation and criminal harassment charges involving 38 people across Canada, the U.S. and U.K.
Ottawa police announced the charges Friday morning after an eight-month investigation involving police departments in B.C., Ontario, New Brunswick and Halifax, as well as Michigan in the U.S., and Hertforshire and London in the U.K.
RCMP and Ottawa police worked together by "utilizing investigative techniques that allowed for the identification of the unidentified suspect who was using internet anonymity software," Ottawa police said in a media release issued Friday.
A search warrant was executed Thursday at the suspect's home in Ottawa's west end Britannia Park neighbourhood, police sources told CBC News Friday. At least three computers were seized.
Multiple aliases were used in the alleged attacks, and the alleged victims include men, women and their families, police sources said.
Robert Campbell, 42, was arrested and faces:
- 27 counts of criminal harassment.
- 85 counts of defamation libel.
- 69 counts of identity fraud.
He is expected to appear in an Ottawa courtroom on Friday.
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