Vancouver IMET Advisory: Ian Gregory Thow

The National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) will host its fourth annual workshop in collaboration with the Ontario Provincial Police in Ottawa, Ontario from September 25-27, 2007.

The workshop facilitates the sharing of new investigative techniques and best practices among law enforcement officers who investigate Internet-facilitated sexual exploitation of children.

A total of 120 participants representing 31 police forces from across the country will be in attendance. Representatives from the United States, Australia and Austria will also be in attendance.

Media are invited to attend part of the opening ceremonies on September 25 and to conduct one-on-one interviews with specified spokespeople immediately following.

Victoria area resident Ian Gregory Thow, 43, the subject of a Vancouver IMET fraud investigation, crossed into the United States at the Pacific border crossing at 0130 hrs Sept. 8, 2005, accompanied by a quantity of household effects.

Vancouver IMET, which had advance intelligence of Thow’s possible departure, liased with Saanich PD and the Crown counsel’s office, in a bid to restrict Thow’s departure from Canada. Attempts to locate Thow at his and his parent’s residences were unsuccessful and border points were notified. A determination was made that Crown required a detailed brief of IMET charges prior to an arrest, which was premature at this stage of the investigation.

RCMP IMET were not notified until Thow reached U.S. customs, and had no authority to detain a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil. Thow produced an US birth certificate, which entitled him to entry into the United States, without need of a Canadian passport.

IMET, the Integrated Market Enforcement Team, is a new RCMP national program aimed at preserving and protecting the integrity and confidence of Canada’s capital markets.

Above comments to be attributed to Staff Sergeant Tim Alder of Vancouver IMET.