Thorn­hiller charged after find­ing victims on eHar­mony

Thornhill Post - - News - — JW

In York Re­gion, frauds in­creased 32.8 per cent be­tween 2015 and 2016. One of the most note­wor­thy cases in­volved an on­line dat­ing site.

A Thorn­hill male sus­pect was ar­rested by Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) of­fi­cers on June 7 and charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000, as well as eight other charges, after he is al­leged to have formed ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with at least two fe­male victims and de­frauded them of ap­prox­i­mately $700,000 in to­tal.

The ac­cused al­legedly found his victims through the site eHar­mony. Us­ing an alias, he formed two known re­la­tion­ships. “He lo­cated victims who were look­ing for a soul­mate,” Det. Paul Mack­rell wrote in an email. “It may have been eas­ier to gain their trust as a re­sult of their need to find love.”

The ac­cused is al­leged to have con­vinced his victims that he had in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties with their best in­ter­ests in mind. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Mack­rell, the funds were found to be used to sup­port his life­style. Mack­rell said that the ac­cused has a his­tory of com­mit­ting fraud.

* 32.8% in­crease in frauds in york re­gion

Love-seek­ers found fraud

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