Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Victoria, BC – A man, who was wanted on multiple warrants for fraud-related offences while under numerous court-ordered conditions, faces 85 recommended charges after being arrested during a fraud investigation.
On August 27th, Patrol officers were called to a car dealership in the 3000-block of Douglas Street after an employee became suspicious when a customer applied for over $50,000 in financing using what appeared to be fraudulent means. The man returned to the dealership while officers were there and attempted to flee when officers approached to speak with him. Officers arrested the man after a short foot chase.
Officers searched the man and discovered identity documents, belonging to numerous individuals, in his possession. The man refused to identify himself and was transported to VicPD cells.
Officers investigated, determined the man’s identity, and learned he was wanted on both unendorsed and endorsed warrants by four B.C. police departments.
In addition, officers learned that the man had 79 court-ordered conditions, mainly related to fraud and identify theft, which included prohibitions from possessing identity documents, as well as prohibitions on possessing drugs and alcohol, and a requirement to reside at an address in Abbotsford, B.C.
As they continued their investigation, officers learned that the man was staying at a local hotel in a room booked using a stolen identity and paid for with a fraudulent credit card.
The man was held in custody on his numerous warrants. He faces 85 total recommended charges including charges for identity theft, procuring and trafficking government documents, fraud over $5000, obstruction of a police officer and 79 different breaches of various court-ordered conditions.
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