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St. Thomas business owner facing fraud charges

St. Thomas police say the accused turned himself in to police on Wednesday.
St. Thomas police say the accused turned himself in to police on Wednesday. St. Thomas Police Service

Police in St. Thomas have charged a man after officers say three people were defrauded of more than $12,000.

According to police, an owner of a Talbot Street business gave an employee more than $3,000 in paycheques written on a closed account.

Police say an investigation revealed the business owner also cashed a cheque for more than $2,000 from another businessperson in order to supply food to a St. Thomas food bank before Christmas.

Police allege the man kept the money “knowing the food was never going to be delivered.”

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The accused also allegedly accepted $7,500 from a third person for a transport truck loaded with cut-price coats and boots for resale.

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Police say that truck never existed.

The 36-year-old man turned himself in to police on Wednesday and was released ahead of a future court date.

He has been charged with two counts of fraud under $5,000 and one count of fraud over $5,000.