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Toronto police lay nearly 100 charges against local man after fraud investigation

Toronto police say a man who allegedly defrauded multiple people over 11 months is now facing nearly 100 charges. 

Police say the 22-year-old man was arrested Monday and is facing 97 charges, including 29 counts of fraud over five-thousand dollars and 30 counts of causing another person to act on a forged document.

Police allege the man began reach out to victims as far back as last April through online marketplaces and agree to buy merchandise, usually designer clothing and shoes.

Police allege he would meet the victims and pay with fraudulent cheques worth more than the agreed purchase price. 

Police say he would then allegedly get the victims to send him the difference, fleeing with the money and merchandise before those he defrauded realized the cheques had been placed on hold. 

Police say investigators believe there may be more victims and are urging anyone with more information to come forward. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2022. 

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