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Additional charges for autograph-fraudster as more victims come forward

Edmonton (August 28, 2019) – The Edmonton Police laid additional charges against Chandra Vinesh Singh in connection with selling Connor McDavid jerseys with fraudulent autographs online as more victims came forward. The 23-year-old was already charged with fraud and forgery earlier this year for incidents based on the same scheme, police report.

In April 2018, there was the first report to the Edmonton Police that Singh had contacted several people via Facebook claiming to be from the Edmonton Oilers Entertainment Group or Pro Am Sports. The police believe that he sold two fraudulently autographed jerseys for $1,400 at this time.

In February 2019, it was reported to the authorities that Singh proposed an “investment opportunity” to an individual via Facebook, which again involved Oilers jerseys that Singh falsely claimed were signed by Connor McDavid. Singh also allegedly used fraudulent documents to support his claims. The police believe that the individual was defrauded of $23,000. At that time, Singh was charged with possession of forged documents, fraud over $5,000, and fraud under $5,000.

In the course of the investigation, Edmonton police encouraged more victims of the alleged autograph scam to come forward in July 2019. Since then, five additional complaints have been filed which are believed to be approximately $12,570 of total fraudulent value. Now, Singh faces additional charges including six counts of fraud under $5000, six counts of false pretenses under $5000, three counts of using forged documents, and three counts of forgery.

On August 26, Singh was arrested and is expected to appear in court on September 23, 2019.

Anyone with any information about this issue is asked to contact the Edmonton Police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250

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