RCMP seek suspect after eight banks defrauded of $40,000

Feb 12 2019, 9:49 pm

Richmond RCMP are asking for the public’s help in finding a suspect they say managed to defraud at least eight banks in Richmond and Vancouver of over $40,000.

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The investigation began on November 14, 2018, when officers attended a bank located in the 4900-block of No. 3 Rd in Richmond for a report of a fraudulent transaction.  But that was just the beginning.

“Throughout the course of our investigation, we have uncovered over $40,000 in fraudulent transactions from at least eight financial institutions in Richmond and Vancouver,” said Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

“We have exhausted all available investigative avenues in this case and are hoping that by releasing the images, someone in the community will be able to recognize the suspect.”

The suspect is described by police as a 65-year-old “half bald” Caucasian man, with a medium build and glasses. He was wearing a trench coat, purple top, blue jeans, dark shoes, at the time of the incident.

“If you recognize this man, please contact us,” said Hwang. “Your information may be able to link him to additional crimes that are not yet on our radar.”

Anyone with information to share can contact  the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and quote file#2018-36520.

Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip can do so as well, by contacting Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leaving a tip online.