Pickering man charged after allegedly defrauding women through dating site

Durham Regional Police say a 48-year-old Pickering man has been charged with two counts of fraud under $5,000. File / Durham Regional Police

PICKERING, Ont. – Police say a 48-year-old man from Pickering is facing charges after he allegedly defrauded people he befriended through an online dating site.

Durham regional police say the man used the site Plenty of Fish, with the profile name “VINCY1969,” to meet and befriend at least two women between September and November 2017.

Police allege the man would promise the women discount prices for merchandise and would request an email money transfer, but his alleged victims didn’t receive the products as promised.

Investigators say two women have contacted police to report the alleged fraud.

Police say 48-year-old Hugh Odel Brian Gilbert has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000.

They say the investigation is ongoing and police want to ensure there are no further victims.


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