Between January 2022 and March 2023, the Greater Sudbury Police Service received several fraud complaints in relation to local businesses, 5026830 Ontario Ltd. and Nickel City Financing, operated by the same individual.
Multiple community members alleged that after providing deposits for sea containers, repossessed items, and other services, the goods and services were never provided, nor were the community members refunded.
The numerous complaints were directed to the Financial Crimes Unit of the Greater Sudbury Police Criminal Investigation Division, leading to 12 investigations into the same individual.
As a result of these investigations, search warrants were granted on multiple bank accounts and a 51-year-old man was charged with 15 fraud-related offences, including:
- Three counts of fraud over $5,000
- Three counts of fraud under $5,000
- Five counts of possession of proceeds of crime
- Four counts of making a false statement in writing
The accused is due to appear in court April 19.
Police say that as a reminder, when you receive an unsolicited invitation for easy money or if a deal seems too good to be true, verify the legitimacy of the claims/business before departing with your money.