Surrey RCMP is advising the public of an ongoing fraud investigation involving the impersonation of a police officer in the Newton area.
The Surrey RCMP received a report on January 23, 2019, of an individual who allegedly posed as an undercover RCMP officer to steal money from an elderly couple.
The suspect allegedly told the couple that he was investigating counterfeit currency and proceeded to defraud them over a two-day period.
Thanks to CCTV surveillance video, Surrey RCMP Frontline officers investigated and were able to quickly identify and track down the suspect, 42-year-old Harmit Johal of Surrey.
Johal has been charged with one count of personating a peace officer, and two counts of fraud.
“The public needs to be aware that police will never contact or solicit them for the purpose of checking if their money is counterfeit,” says Surrey RCMP Sgt. Chad Greig.
“Never give cash to someone you don’t know or are meeting for the first time. Contact the police immediately to verify any suspicious requests you have received.”
If you have been a victim of a similar occurrence, please contact the Surrey RCMP or your local police.
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502, or contact Crime Stoppers if you wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-8477 or