Warrant issued in online fraud investigation

Posted On Friday August 02, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 02, 2019  1:21pm

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud Unit is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man wanted for 33 fraud related charges. 

The charges relate to the investigation of an online scam operated since September 2018. 

Ottawa Police received complaints last year about a person who was advertising collectible toys for sale using Kijiji. The individual would direct potential buyers to send an email cash transfer to purchase the goods. The email transfer would be collected by the suspect but the suspect was never in possession of the items for sale and no purchased products were handed over. 

This activity targeted victims throughout Canada. 

A warrant has been issued for Patrick VAUDRIN, 40, of Ottawa, who has been charged with 33 fraud related offences. It is believed that VAUDRIN is currently between Ottawa/Gatineau and the Montreal area. 

VAUDRIN is described as a Caucasian male, 5’10 (178cm), 210 pounds (95kgs). He has brown hair, blue eyes and wears glasses (see attached photo.) 

Anyone with information on VAUDRIN’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Shaun Wahbeh at 613-236-1222, ext. 5492 or by e-mail at wahbehs@ottawapolice.ca

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.

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