Scam artist identified as Surrey murder victim
VANCOUVER, B.C. — A con man who posed as a doctor has been identified as Surrey’s latest homicide victim.
We reported earlier this week that a man was found dead inside a South Surrey home on June 20, in the 2400-block of 156 street.
Officials now confirm it was Timothy Szabolcsi, a fraudster who posed as a doctor and married Lower Mainland real estate agent Sheri Brown in 2012.
“No matter how horrible of a person he was, there was some redeeming qualities about him at one time that I found attractive, but you’d never want to see anyone, you know, meet this end,” said Brown, who claims she was scammed out of $50,000.
“I didn’t think it would come to this kind of violent end for him,” Brown told Global News. “It’s unfortunate that he couldn’t change his ways.”
WATCH: Ex-wife of murdered con man speaks to Global.
Their divorce was finalized less than a month and a half ago. Once they were married, Brown discovered Szabolcsi has been convicted in the United States for felony theft and a cease-and-desist order was issued against him by the Texas Medical Board for impersonating a physician. However, the Surrey RCMP were never able to build a strong enough case to bring Szabolcsi to court.
WATCH: John Daly’s April 2013 report on the hunt for fraudster Timothy Szabolcsi
Sgt. Bari Emam with the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team confirmed the “victim’s criminal history goes back a number of years,” but added they were not aware of him being “on the police radar per se.”
He said IHIT will be investigating Szabolcsi’s past, to see if it “caught up with (him) in any way.”
– With Files from The Canadian Press and John Daly
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