Guelph police charge man in connection with renovation scam

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Police in Guelph, Ont., say a 38-year-old man is facing fraud charges following an investigation into a renovation scam that began earlier this year.

In a news release on Thursday, police said they were contacted by someone in early January to report something shady had been going on with his business partner.

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The service’s fraud unit reported that about $34,000 in payments for renovation work had been collected but never deposited into the business’ bank account.

Police also allege that more than $6,000 had been charged to a company credit card without the man who complained to police knowing.

It’s also alleged by police that two Guelph residents paid more than $5,000 each as deposits for renovations that were never done.

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The accused has been charged with four counts of fraud over $5,000 and is scheduled to make a court appearance on May 13.

When asked, a police spokesperson said investigators did not have any information to suggest there could be more victims. He added, however, that anyone who believes they might have been a victim of fraud is asked to contact the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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