Thornhiller charged after finding victims on eHarmony
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