Montreal (November 28, 2019) – Richard Chandroo allegedly defrauded multiple victims in the Montreal area using an elaborate inheritance fraud scheme. He is accused of pretending that he is in need of money to pay legal fees in order to receive an inheritance from his grandfather in Trinidad. Chandroo had been convicted of similar charges before, in 2016 and in 2019, for defrauding people using the same scheme. Although, he is appealing to both judgments. The current fraud trial is still ongoing, in which he is alleged of defrauding four Montreal-area seniors.
Update (June 18, 2020): Quebec Court Judge Salvatore Mascia found Chandroo guilty of each of the fraud charges in the case except for one extortion charge he faced. Sentencing arguments are scheduled for September.
Richard Chandroo has been convicted of fraud before. Exactly twice, in 2016 and January of this year. But to be exact, both cases are still pending, since he appealed both judgments and is now being re-tried for these cases.
The elaborate inheritance fraud scheme
In the current lawsuit, the 45-year-old man from Montreal is alleged of defrauding four Montreal-area seniors using an elaborate inheritance fraud scheme. He is accused of conducting a similar scheme in each of the cases. Basically, Chandroo tells his victims that he is about to inherit from his grandfather in Trinidad. The exact amount, he allegedly claimed, varied from victim to victim. Roughly, the people who gave him money stated an inheritance value of about $2.6 million through the liquidation of a family estate in Trinidad.
Chandroo allegedly started asking for money to pay legal fees in order to receive the inheritance. At first, he borrowed small amounts of financial help from his victims which he quickly returned. Nevertheless, the victims reported that he kept on asking for more money over a period of time. According to the Montreal Gazette, the victims felt ‘as though the only way to get out of the situation was to keep paying him.’
“I thought I knew him”
Finally, his victims felt trapped and extorted. However, he apparently used tactics to convince his victims to pay him more money. For example, victims stated that they received phone calls or correspondences from alleged family members of Chandroo who requested more money or assured that Chandroo would pay back the amount as soon as he received the inheritance.
Indeed, Chandroo inherited a sum of money from his grandfather, William Asgurd Chandroo, in Trinidad. Although, the estate had already been liquidated in 2002 and at the time, he had received $104,000. The alleged offenses started in January 2012. Supposedly, to gain legitimacy, he showed the actual will of his grandfather to his victims.
The trial for defrauding four Montreal-area seniors in their late 70s or 80s is still ongoing and the other two cases, one of them in the district of Longueuil are still pending.
Marina Burghard writes for Canadian Fraud News about fraud-related cases, whistleblower, jurisdiction, identity theft, consumer protection, etc. – essentially about scams and how to protect yourself against this kind of fraudulent criminal behavior. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science where her interest in criminology grew. Besides fraud, Marina’s scientific interest lies in terrorism, extremism and how to deal with it as a society.