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Woman made up craft show, now charged with fraud

Oshawa (September 30, 2019) – Marci Thackeray, a woman, who made up a craft show in Oshawa is now arrested and charged with fraud. The Durham Regional Police informed in a press release about five victims who allegedly had been defrauded by the 33-year-old while paying for vendor space at a made-up charity craft show in June last year.

Marci Thackeray is alleged to have defrauded several vendors claiming to sell booths for a fraudulent craft show. Three of her suspected victims contacted the Durham Regional Police during June 2018. They reported that they rented vendor space for a craft show which was supposed to take place in Oshawa. The proceeds were supposed to be donated to a local charity. On the day they were told the craft show would take place, the alleged victims realized that no event was scheduled when they arrived at the Oshawa venue.

Thackeray used the alias Emily Turner for the fraudulent transactions of the booth deposit fees. During the investigation, officers found two more victims. The 33-year-old from Whitby was arrested and charged with five counts of fraud under $5,000 and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000. Thackeray was released and on a promise to appear in court.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Detective Taylor of the Financial Crimes Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5283. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.