Water filter sellers charged with bilking Burlington senior of $210,000
BURLINGTON — Halton police say a Burlington senior was defrauded of more than $210,000 after being targeted by aggressive door-todoor water filtration salespeople over five years.
While one victim has come forward in Halton, police in other jurisdictions are investigating other possible victims and police believe there could be more victims locally.
The investigation by the vulnerable person’s unit began last fall after the 80-year-old victim’s nephew helped to alert police, said Det. Const. Nadine Clarke.
The victim had gone to her nephew over financial trouble, she said. He noticed problems in her banking and credit card information and has since become power of attorney.
Clarke described the woman as “the perfect victim,” as her husband had passed away and didn’t have any family close to her.
The two accused and the companies they previously owned and worked for are known to police and the province because of aggressive sales tactics and violations of the Consumer Protection Act, she said.
While police know the pair knew each other, it’s not yet clear if they were formally working together.
Clarke said the victim’s financial information showed a number of issues, including double billing for the same work and unauthorized credit card withdrawals.
Derek Calvin, 38, of Hamilton, is facing three counts of theft over $5,000 and two counts of theft under $5,000. He was released on a promise to appear in court March 15.
Police say he’s associated with a number of businesses including; Pure Air Clean, Worldwide Industries, Eagle Water and Indoor Air Care Products.
He was previously charged with fraud by Halton police in 2012, but that charge was withdrawn.
Edgordo Castro, 41, of Brantford, is facing a charge of fraud over $5,000 and unauthorized use of a credit card. He was released on a promise to appear in court March 8.
Police said he was the owner of Universal Water Technologies.
A year ago Castro was charged with fraud by Waterloo Regional Police for alleged fraudulent credit card transactions.
According to reports in Waterloo Region-area media at the time, police said they were looking into whether Castro’s company, which went by New Age Home Care Products and formerly Universal Water Technologies, sold overpriced water treatment systems by door-todoor sales and telemarketing. That case is still before the courts. Halton police are asking any citizens with concerns they may have been victimized to call police at 905825-4747, ext. 5345 or ext. 2344.