Fraud regarding watercraft purchase in Tiny Township leads to arrest warrants for Scarborough resident

Southern Georgian Bay OPP say a Scarborough resident has been issued arrest warrants after fraud investigations involving watercraft purchases.

According to OPP, a Tiny Township resident contacted them on June 19 after learning that a bank cheque of $28,000 he received for the private sale of his two personal watercraft and a trailer had been returned by his bank as it was fraudulent.

An investigation was initiated by the OPP Central Region Fraud Unit.

OPP say a similar event was reported by a Sommerville Township resident.

“On May 19, after she sold her two personal watercraft and trailer and received a money order of $35,000 in exchange of which her bank later advised that it too was not honoured at the bank and being returned,” police said in a media release.

The accused, a 28-year-old from Scarborough, in both situations has been identified and arrest warrants have been issued from both detachments regarding:

  • Fraud Over $5000 (two counts)
  • Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – in Canada (two counts)
  • Possession of an identity document

An arrest warrant has also been issued for the accused in Scarborough:

  • Failure to comply with release order – other than to attend court

Anyone who may have information about a property crime is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122, opp.southern.georgian.bay@opp.ca or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit your anonymous information online at https://ontariocrimestoppers.ca/submit-a-tip/submit-a-tip. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on X or Facebook.

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