Canada Police seek suspect in fraud scheme targeting elderly

03:30  12 april  2017
03:30  12 april  2017 Source:   The Gazette

Three women killed, one man injured in Shawinigan

  Three women killed, one man injured in Shawinigan A 51-year-old man was later arrested after he stopped the car he was driving at a gas stationA 51-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three women in Shawinigan late Wednesday night.

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One man was arrested Tuesday and another is still being sought as part of a joint police investigation into a fraud scheme that targeted elderly people across Quebec.

Montrealer Adriano Pezzi, 34, was arrested and is expected to appear before a judge at the Joliette courthouse on Wednesday where he faces one count of fraud. The Sûreté du Québec also announced on Tuesday it has a warrant for Nicolas Grenier, 39, of Laval, who is also facing a fraud charge as part of the same investigation conducted by the Montreal police and the SQ’s economic crime squad.

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  Suspect in triple slaying to appear in court The suspect arrested in connection with the slayings of three women in the city of Shawinigan knew the victims and will appear in court Thursday afternoon, said Quebec provincial police. Police arrested the 51-year-old man Thursday morning at a gas station north of the city.While the exact timeline of events is still not clear, police said two women were killed in one residence and a third woman was killed in a nearby home located 170 kilometres northeast of Montreal.An 80-year-old man was wounded in one of the homes and was able to flee and alert a neighbour. He was then taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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According to a statement released on Tuesday, the investigation involved a grandparent scheme, in which fraud artists call elderly people and pretend to be their grandchildren in need of urgent financial help. In this case, the fraud artists are suspected of bilking people out of $500,000.

“The amount requested varied between $4,000 and $5,000. (The scam artists) were implicated in more than 130 acts of fraud,” the SQ stated in the release.

Pezzi has been convicted of fraud in the past. In 2005, he and another man ran a scam in Laval in which the pair pretended to be selling plasma television sets for cheap, but were actually scamming people out of hundreds of dollars. Pezzi ended up pleading guilty to 15 counts of fraud in that case and was sentenced in 2009 to pay a $25,000 fine and to perform community service.

The provincial police ask anyone who knows of Grenier’s whereabouts or anyone who knows someone who was the victim of a grandparent scheme to contact them at 1-800-659-4264.

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