Canada Police seek suspect in fraud scheme targeting elderly

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

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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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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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