Man charged with fraud over fundrais­ers for Bron­cos

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION -

SASKA­TOON RCMP in Saskatchewan say a man has been charged after two fake fundrais­ing ef­forts for the Hum­boldt Bron­cos ju­nior hockey team were dis­cov­ered.

Po­lice say a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion last month with the prov­ince’s Fi­nan­cial and Con­sumer Af­fairs Au­thor­ity un­cov­ered an al­leged in­vestor fraud run­ning un­der the name Aero Cap­i­tal Inc.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also found a GoFundMe page un­der #PrayForHum­boldt had been cre­ated to raise money for the Bron­cos after the team’s bus and a trans­port truck crashed, killing 16 peo­ple.

Po­lice say 35 donors — 21 from Canada and 14 from the United States — had con­trib­uted about $3,800 to the GoFundMe cam­paign be­fore it was shut down and they were no­ti­fied.

An­drij Ole­siuk, who is 32, was ar­rested on Tues­day. He faces sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing fraud un­der and over $5,000, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime and laun­der­ing the pro­ceeds of crime. Ole­siuk made his first court ap­pear­ance in Saska­toon pro­vin­cial court on Wed­nes­day and is sched­uled to ap­pear again Dec. 12.


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