Accused Vancouver Man in $1.1M Strathroy town hall fraud is now facing new charges

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A Vancouver man, Yiu Sun Wong, 72, is accused of defrauding the municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc of more than $1 million, has been separately charged with defrauding a Sarnia business.

After a complaint from the municipality, OPP launched an investigation which resulted in Wong being charged with fraud over $5,000 and fraudulent concealment. He was released on bail Monday pending a Jan. 22 court appearance in London.

On Tuesday The OPP disclosed that Wong now has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of identity fraud in an unrelated case involving a Sarnia business.

Wong is to appear in a Sarnia court Dec. 20.

The business, which police didn’t identify, was defrauded of more than $150,000 in December, OPP said.

Strathroy-Caradoc was defrauded of $1,112,814 after it was given a cheque for an unauthorized bank account Jan. 27, court documents state.

Strathroy-Caradoc police said the funds were allegedly obtained fraudulently after being diverted from a contractor’s account.

Last week, Wong was brought to Ontario after Strathroy police detectives and members of the Vancouver police financial crimes unit searched a Vancouver home and arrested him.

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