A 33-year-old Brockville man who police said defrauded a Kingston bank of just over $4,700 in the spring of 2017 has been arrested by Kingston Police.
The fraud unit began investigating the transactions in May 2017. During the investigation, the owner of the account, a Brockville woman, was identified, and, with the assistance of Brockville Police, the man was identified through surveillance video.
Police learned that the man and the account holder had previously worked together and were involved in a relationship in 2016. In April 2017, the man convinced the account holder he was not eligible to open a bank account due to his banking history. The account holder agreed to open an account at a bank in Kingston in her name on his behalf so he could deposit work cheques.
Unbeknownst to the account holder, police said, the man had stolen a book of her cheques and began depositing forged cheques into the new account. He also made multiple cash withdrawals and debit purchases against the new account. The total loss was stopped at just over $4,700 when the account was frozen by the bank.
The accused’s whereabouts were unknown and a warrant was requested.
On Saturday, Kingston Police picked up the accused, who had been arrested by Brockville Police. He was transported to Kingston Police Headquarters, where he was held to attend bail court. The accused was charged with fraud, possession of stolen property, and uttering forged documents.
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