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Richmond RCMP seek suspect who defrauded $40K from eight banks


Richmond police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man alleged to have defrauded $40,000 from eight local banks. Surveillance photos of the suspect have been released.


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Richmond police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man alleged to have defrauded eight banks of at least $40,000.

In November 2018, Richmond RCMP were called to the 4900-block of No. 3 Road after a fraudulent transaction was discovered.

Following more investigation, police found there were at least eight banks throughout Richmond and Vancouver that had been defrauded for a collective total of more than $40,000. It’s believed the same suspect is responsible for all the transactions.

Police are releasing the suspect’s image in hopes the public can help track down the individual.

“We have exhausted all available investigative avenues in this case and are hoping that by releasing the images, someone in the community will be able to recognize the suspect,” said Cpl. Dennis Hwang, adding there may be more fraudulent transactions that have not yet been uncovered.

“If you recognize this man, please contact us. Your information may be able to link him to additional (alleged) crimes that are not yet on our radar.”

The suspect is described as a white man about 65 years old. He is partially balding with a medium build. Surveillance images released by police show the man wearing glasses, a trench coat, a purple top, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect should contact Const. Veer with the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 and cite file #2018-36520. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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