Over a year after police first identified an investment scam affecting the region, Community Safety Officer Annie Collins says an arrest has been made.
The investigation into the scam began in June 2021, when a Prescott resident reported losing roughly $100,000 to someone claiming to be a securities investor.
According to Collins, a suspect that was identified by investigators was later connected to other incidents elsewhere in the area, like Rideau Lakes, Brockville and Kingston.
“The OPP and [Brockville Police Service] have identified six additional victims,” she says, “having lost an estimated $800,000.”
Collins says the suspect, a 27-year old Westport resident, has been arrested.
They’re facing a total of thirteen charges, she says, including five counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of fraud under $5,000.
If you think you’ve been a victim of a similar scam, Collins recommends reporting it to police and to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, a government agency that collects data about fraud and identity theft.
You can use the agency’s website here to report a scam, or call the agency at 1-888-495-8501.