Christian Michael Lee Richardson has been charged with fraud, theft offences
April 23,2018 (Courtesy of CBC.ca) – West Vancouver police have issued an arrest warrant for a suspect accused of defrauding men he met on a dating app.
Christian Michael Lee Richardson, 39, is accused of using fake cheques to steal more than $3,000 from two Metro Vancouver men late last year.
Police said he connected with at least two victims on the Grindr app. The men came forward to investigators separately in October.
Police say they were allegedly encouraged to set up new bank accounts and cash cheques Richardson gave them. He’s accused of asking them to share that cash with him, or use the money to buy him things.
Victims later realized the cheques were fake, saying they lost more than $3,000.
Richardson has now been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000, two counts of fraud under $5,000 and one count of uttering a forged document.
Police said they believe there may be more victims. Anyone who thinks they were targeted is asked to call their local police.
Anyone with information that could help police find Richardson, who is currently of no fixed address, is asked to call West Vancouver police at 604-925-7300 and ask for Det. Const. Sandra Rijken.
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.